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Cambridge Council Approves $21M in Upgrades to Housing Projects

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CAMBRIDGE, Md.- Clothes lines will soon be a thing of the past in two Cambridge housing projects. Coming soon: washers, dryers, and much more.

On Tuesday, Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley signed the papers, giving the Cambridge Housing Authority permission to accept $21 million worth of funding to bring the old units up to modern standards.

"It's putting money in the community, it's revitalizing the neighborhood, and it's also giving people an opportunity to find work as we redevelop that neighborhood," Jackson-Stanley said.

Two weeks ago, WBOC spoke with Ward 3 Commissioner Frank Cooke, who expressed concerns about the development. He was particularly concerned about late payments and little information on why the rehab was needed.

He says those issues have been addressed.  

"I never like being rushed.  I never like not having all the information.  It's just part of my skill set that I used when I was an engineer.  Let's not create something that will fall down," Cooke said.

He is now confident it won't.  The delay wound up benefiting the city.  Commissioner Gage Thomas said the Housing Authority has upped its  original offer of $35,000 in annual fees to $50,000.

"It's a win win win for everybody.  For the community, the residents, the developer, and the city of Cambridge, who will now be collecting about four times more than what we were before," Thomas said.

The project is expected to be completed by the summer of 2017.



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