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Plans Coming Together for 500 Block of Race Street in Cambridge

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 CAMBRIDGE, Md.- The roofs on many of the buildings on Race Street aren't as watertight as they once were.  From the street, you can see the sky clear through the Hearn building.

At a meeting Wednesday night, community leaders and owners of the buildings sat down to discuss plans to fix up these buildings and reopen them.  Gene Tolley, owner of the theater, says he wants to work with a developer to reopen it.

"We want to see it stay as a community theater and showplace.  Somewhere for entertainment or activities.  Whatever we do we want the developer to respect it and keep it as a theater basically." said Tolley

But that's just one building.  For the rest, they may become galleries like the newly opened store Liv Again.  Owner Jermaine Anderson hopes to have a presence in three of the Race Street buildings.

"Not only would we create a village of artists, but they would also get a place to live and work under one roof." said Anderson

And it's exciting those who work and shop in downtown Cambridge.

"Something that could anchor this 500 block, like an active Tolley theater or an artist residence, community arts programs, that's an exciting thing." says Cambridge Main Street Executive Director Brandon Hesson.

Other ideas for the buildings include recording studios, a radio station, and a boutique hotel among others.

The next big step in restoring the buildings is a roof on 507, due to be installed by the end of the year.

Many hope work progresses quickly, because the ravages of time are quickly taking their toll on these once proud buildings.



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