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City and County Moving Forward With Hearn Building Grants in Cambridge

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Large steel supports now hold the front of the Hearn Building up (Photo:WBOC) Large steel supports now hold the front of the Hearn Building up (Photo:WBOC)

CAMBRIDGE, Md.-  The steel bars holding up the front of the Hearn building project a feeling of stability to a building some thought could crumble at any moment.  But some business owners nearby are worried this bandage could become a cast.

"My concern is not the progress they are going to make, but how long is it going to take?  Is it going to take a year, a five year plan?  A 10-year plan?  I think more than anything people just want to know what the plan is," said David Heuer.

Sergio Martinez considers the building the heart of the block, and is also hoping something can be done.

"It's basically in the middle of the block.  The way the structure is, it oversees all the other buildings on the block.  It's the biggest structure on the block height wise and width wise," said Martinez.

It's a big chunk of the block that Council President Ricky Travers says is still being worked on.

"With phase two, we have to do engineering designs on the stabilization of the walls that run down the side and across the back.  That will also tie into removal of debris from the inside, because the debris removal and stabilization has to happen, and then the roof would go on," said Travers.

The county has already been awarded $642,000 for stabilization, and it is pursuing an additional $500,000 grant to help. 

"If it goes by the wayside, it wouldn't be on the part of the city council or the county council," said Travers.  "Both councils are committed to getting this where it needs to be on behalf of the citizens of the county."

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