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Historic Cambridge Inc. Setting Sights on Hearn Building

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Cambridge, Md. - A group that saved one building from demolition has its sights set on an even bigger project.

They're eyeing the old Hearn Building.  It's been empty for years, and has a massive hole in the roof, and back in May, a sinkhole opened at the front of the building.  But Jay Corvan, architect for the group, sees a diamond in the rough.

"We could basically stabilize the roof and the exterior facades and then actually bring in a tenant that would rent the space.  One of the projects we are considering is an incubator project."

That incubator project would provide a business with a place to stay rent-free for a year, so they can save money for a proper storefront.

Corvan says 30-40 percent of the repair cost of the building could be covered by state and federal grants, making restoring the hearn building more cost effective than putting up a new building.

Cambridge residents like Shara Smith say fixing the buildings is a good thing for the downtown.

"To do nothing is to allow it to continue to fall down, to build up is hope, it's showing the community hope." said Smith.

As for 507 Race Street, after a four and a half hour long meeting two weeks ago, the demolition order of the building was repealed.  The group hopes to put a community arts center in that building once the exterior restoration is complete.

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