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Cambridge Applying for Grant to Redesign Phillips Packing Plant

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CAMBRIDGE, Md.- At it's peak, Phillips Packing Company was employing up to 10,000 workers, although today there is not much to show for it except for a few crumbling smokestacks and Building F. The City of Cambridge though thinks there is still hope for the old building.

Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley wants to see the building given a second life.

"We may not have had such a great history with this particular building, but this building, it represents something that can be a future for us." said Mayor Jackson-Stanley.

The city is applying for a $5,000 grant to pay for time and travel expenses for a group of architecture students from Morgan State University to come to Cambridge and design an improved Building F, which would keep the building's history intact, but enhance it for potential buyers.

Although the design could be used to sell the property, the main purpose is to show the Cambridge community that something can be done with the building to make it a beacon for the community.

Melissa Fox, who's family owns Bay Country Antiques next to the old plant, said her customers often ask about the building, and inquire if it will be torn down.

"I tell them we don't know yet.  We're hoping that it's not going to be, that they will put something in there that everybody can utilize." said Fox.

Not everyone thinks the money should go into the old building though. Alfred McDaniels thinks the city needs to pursue grants to improve existing housing.

"Who should pay for the building, and who should the government really help?  The homeless, or the bank with a building they want to redo?" said McDaniels.  The city does have a facades program to improve the exterior of houses in the downtown area.

Jackson-Stanley said the project is not unheard of; another group of students from Morgan State drew up plans to improve the old City Hall building. The mayor said she is looking forward to seeing what the students come up with for the old Phillips Plant.

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