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Race Street Reopens in Cambridge After Seven Months

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Stabilization work is completed on the Hearn Building (Photo:WBOC) Stabilization work is completed on the Hearn Building (Photo:WBOC)

CAMBRIDGE, Md.-  There was a buzz on the streets of Cambridge on Monday.  But it was more than welding and concrete barriers being moved.  The buzz was from people like Sergio Martinez. Monday he walked down the front entrance of his business, Mr. Martin's Detailing, onto Race Street for the first time in months.

"Honestly it feels like I'm having a grand opening again, a red ribbon ceremony again.  Everybody's excited.  This is downtown Cambridge, so when people think of downtown, the 500 block, this is downtown, you know?" said Martinez.

This afternoon, the barriers meant to hold the tidal wave of bricks that would come from a full collapse were removed.  This as the finishing touches were completed on the structure to hold the building up. 

It has been hard on the block.

"People don't come through here.  They turn around or they go around, they don't see that the shops are still open.  They just think everything is shut down and they go somewhere else," said Bryan Chance of Cambridge.

Business owners are happy the closure is now history.

"I'm tickled to death," said Floyd Elzey, owner of Chesapeake Upholstery.  "Honestly it's two great things today.  The sun is shining and the road is getting ready to be opened.  I just hope with the building that something happens there, and that the road stays open."

The next step is to stabilize the sides of the building, no time line on that just yet.

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