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Cambridge Working to Fill or Demolish Vacant Buildings Downtown

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CAMBRIDGE, Md.- People in Cambridge say they are tired of looking at dilapidated buildings in their downtown area, and the city is taking notice.

Cambridge's downtown revitalization project has been met with success, but people like Francis Gilbert say there is still more to be done.  He is concerned about two larger buildings, both of which suffered fires.

"We don't need trash downtown.  Downtown is beautiful.  So let's tear them down and make a beautiful parking lot.  Anything besides that." he said.

Mary Calloway with the Cambridge Economic Development office says the town is working to fill those properties, offering incentives and programs including tax credits to attract businesses to move in and rehab these buildings.  She says there is a lot that can be done with those buildings.

"The options are pretty fantastic.  Especially with the old theater that could be renovated as well in that area," Calloway said.

She also said the Facades Program has applied for the ability to give grants to building owners to demolish the older structures. She said they will have a response to their request by the end of September.

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