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Cambridge City Commissioner Hosts Meeting to Talk Sailwinds Future

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CAMBRIDGE, Md.-  It's one piece of land. But Sailwinds Park in Cambridge has hundreds of potential uses. Suggested uses for the waterfront property include a ferry terminal, a boutique hotel or even a movie theater.

Lynda Brooks, founder of the citizens group "Operation:Destination Cambridge," said the city has to move forward with development carefully.

"Everyone wants to take the time to do it right, but we don't want to drag it out over 15 years either," Brooks said. " It's our last piece of waterfront property we have in the city. It's our last chance to do something really smart with it, and if we just let it turn into more condos and hotels, then the public won't have access to it."

During a public meeting held Monday night to discuss the issue, Cambridge City Commissioner Robert Hanson said he shares similar concerns about the future of Sailwinds Park. Hanson said he does not want to see the city repeat the mistakes of the past by building more condominiums.

"My feelings is we're going to stick with the transfer agreement, which says that there will be limited residential and the emphasis will be on public spaces and public access," Hanson said.

Under the transfer agreement with the state, it also states the city must sell the land to a developer in the next 14 years.  Hanson said they plan to keep this process open to the public and to not rush to develop.

"I've got no problem going back to the state and saying we can't do this, we can't fit it, the developers are not selected, we have more public opinion coming forward, can we extend the period," Hanson said.

Monday night's conversation was the first of many determining what Sailwinds will one day be.

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