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Dorchester County Receives Grant Money for Hearn Building

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A portion of the Hearn Building that collapsed in Cambridge. (Photo:WBOC) A portion of the Hearn Building that collapsed in Cambridge. (Photo:WBOC)

CAMBRIDGE, Md.- The partially collapsed Hearn Building in downtown Cambridge is now on the road to recovery.

Dorchester County Manager Jeremy Goldman said the county has now received $500,000 in grant money from the Maryland Department of Housing to stabilize the historic property. Goldman said the engineering design for the stabilization has already been completed, and construction on the property will begin soon.  

Last week, Cambridge officials announced they hoped to have the road on the 500 block reopened in late January to early February. It has been closed since the collapse.

In late October, a portion of the brick wall crumbled into the neighboring alleyway,striking the Tolley Theater on its way down.  Owner Gene Tolley and his wife were forced to move out when their apartment was condemned due to the damage.  A barrier was created around the building in case the front facade collapsed further.

Many businesses in the area have been calling for the restoration of the property, as opposed to some who have called for the demolition of the long abandoned property.

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