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Historic Cambridge Building Could Get New Lease on Life

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CAMBRIDGE, Md.- Take a step through the door into "Downtown Frame of Mine," and follow owner Doug Turner into his office in the back.  He will reach into his top drawer and pull out a picture of what he wants to see the four corners building in Cambridge become.

"I saw this in a magazine in a doctor's office and I thought 'that looks like the four corners,' the building down on the corner of Poplar and High.  And the more I looked at it, the more I fell in love with this picture," said Turner.

It's not so much the picture, but the idea of a thriving corner that excites him.  Gage Thomas is one of the former owners of the 128 year old building.  He did some work to restore it several years ago, but says it's still been empty for decades.

"I've taken the project halfway, it just takes someone with a vision and a dream of a new business to take it the rest of the way.  It's been 25 years since someone was in that building.  It will happen," said Thomas.

When this building first closed, the Soviet Union was still on the map.  Later we celebrated a new millennium, the building was still closed.  We hit a recession, still closed, and now Cambridge has started a resurgence and it seems like this building is next.

"There's a few rumors going around about the sale of this building.  One of the most prominent ones I've heard is that it could become a restaurant which would be nice.  we've got a pretty successful restaurant economy booming downtown right now," said Brandon Hesson, executive director of Cambridge Main Street.

The listing agent says the building is under contract, and referred us to the buying agent.  He says a new owner is set to settle on the property in a month, and the people here are hoping this historic building is given a second chance.

Thomas tells us the building was built in 1886.  It started, he believes, as a bank, and later became a local newspaper called the Cambridge Record.  Afterwards it became Meekins Corner, a candy store.  At one point it was also the birthplace of Thomas' father's business, Choptank Real Estate, before they left in the 1980s.



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