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Cambridge Business Owners React To Hearn Building Partial Collapse

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CAMBRIDGE, Md.-  If you talk to business owners on Race Street, they all will tell you the partial collapse of the long vacant Hearn Building is not a surprise.

"The last time you interviewed me I was saying that they were going to spend a million dollars on the High Street road down there when you have buildings falling down across the street.  And here we are a few months later because a building fell down," David Heuer at Lethal Injections Tattoos and Body Piercings told WBOC.

Heuer would like to see the building restored, and quickly.  In it's current state, with the street closed down, it's hurting businesses like Mr. Martin's Detailing.

Like many businesses, customers want to come through the front entrance, which in Mr. Martin's case is an alleyway leading out towards Race Street.  But at the opening of that alley is the Hearn Building which means that road is closed.  So instead, customers have to bring their cars through a lesser marked side entrance on Muir Street.

"Our address is 522 race street, so when people Google or they see our address on the website, they come through the Race Street entrance.  So thank god we have the Muir Street entrance as well," said Sergio Martinez, owner of Mr. Martin's.

But business owners say if possible, they want to see the building saved.

"If it's going to stay, whatever they are going to do to the building it needs to be done immediately," said Janetta Milligan, owner of First Impressions hair salon across from the Hearn Building.  "If not, then they need to tear it down immediately.  It is definitely an eyesore."

At Liv Again, owner Jermaine Anderson is interested in opening a business in one of the neighboring buildings.  He says the Hearn Building is a key part of that block.

"We would hate to see the building come down.  It's a very important part of the downtown, and it should be a part of that what is moving the city forward."

As of Friday afternoon, three separate engineers have surveyed the building, and the city expects to have the recommendations for what to do with the building within the week.

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