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Group Trying To Save Historic Building in Downtown Cambridge

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Cambridge, Md.- A historic building nearly destroyed by arson is set to be demolished, but not if Historic Cambridge Inc. has its way.

The nonprofit group wants to restore 507 Race Street to it's former glory.  Architect Jay Corvin, a member of the group, has drawn up plans to convert the burned out shell into a Cultural Arts Center.  Corvin says the over 100 year old building is key to downtown Cambridge.

"It's a very important part of the streetscape in Cambridge.  It's one of a very historic core.  Cambridge as you know is a very gifted town with it's history." said Corvin.

Chris and Russel Clary of Cambridge have different opinions on what should happen to the building.

Chris says, "If it's historical, I think they should save it.  Redo the electrical and do whatever they've still got left and redo the roof and restore the whole building."

While his brother Russel says, "It's too much damage, and it may be too much money to fix it, all of the drywall and fire restoration and everything they would have to do to it."

Jay says if the building is torn down, no one would be able to afford to put up a new building, leaving an empty lot.

"I would tell them if you're okay with an open space with nothing there, that's what you're going to be looking at for 20 years." said Corvin.

Corvin said the first step of the project is to get the planned demolition canceled.   He and members of Historic Cambridge Inc. attended a meeting Thursday evening to discuss the demolition.  If the group got the rights to fix up the building, they would invest 80,000 dollars to repair the exterior, to prevent any further deterioration.  40 percent of that cost may be covered by state and federal tax credits.

 

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