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Cambridge Looking At Refurbishing High Street

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CAMBRIDGE, Md.- Just looking at High street, it's clear, it's in need of repair.  Bricks aren't spaced properly, if there are still bricks at all.  Cambridge drivers often divert around High street or dread going down it if they must.

Doug Turner moved his business "Downtown Frame of Mine" to High street over a year ago because he wanted to be downtown, he says this road though needs major help.

"James A Michener said this was the most beautiful street on the eastern shore.  Now that may have been before it looks like it does now, but it could be that way again," said Turner.

And that's the city's goal.  They are applying for a community development block grant through the state, to tear the 300 block down to the water and sewer lines, replacing those, and then building the street back up.   That one section will cost $800,000, the rest of the street will theoretically come later.

But some say that kind of money is needed elsewhere in town.  At Lethal Injection Tattoos on Race street, owner David Heuer says the eyesores across the street from his business need help first.

"I guess everyone in that area is for it, right around High Spot and the post office, but what about the people out here with burnt down buildings all around them, and they get excluded from all the activities around them," said Heuer.

Commissioner Donald Sydnor also said the money should be spent on putting sidewalks on streets without them so kids don't have to walk to school in the ditch.

If the grant is awarded to the city, the $800,000 will only cover replacing the infrastructure and resurfacing the road with asphalt.  The city will then chip in $140,000 to do the brickwork, and cover other expenses related to this project in Dorchester county.



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