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Cambridge Tears Down Vacant Buildings for Green Gateway

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Some demolition work has already begun on the old Burger King building (Photo:WBOC) Some demolition work has already begun on the old Burger King building (Photo:WBOC)

CAMBRIDGE, Md.-  Cambridge Public Works Director Odie Wheeler says city residents have had enough of vacant properties, like the old Burger King on Route 50.  By getting rid of the buildings, Cambridge might look a lot different to people passing through.

"As people are headed to Ocean City, we're about halfway, hopefully they will be looking for a halfway point to stop," said Wheeler.

One building has already been torn down on the block earlier this week.  Nobody has ordered from behind the counter in Burger King in five years now, and the building really hasn't aged well inside or out.  That's why people here say they are happy to see the building being torn down.

"It's been an abandoned building on the corner for a long time.  It's one of the first buildings you see when you come across the bridge, so it's the impression of Cambridge when you come in," said Bill Christopher.

Christopher is the executive director of the Dorchester Chamber of Commerce, and says the demolition, and subsequent construction of what city leaders are calling a gateway will be good for business.

"It's not going to hurt right?  In terms of coming across and getting that first impression, once we get some points of interest in there, obviously the American Legion is talking about doing stuff to tie it in, so we'll have both sides of the road to make a difference," said Christopher.

As for when the old burger king will be gone...

"We're going to finish tearing down the old Burger King building.  We hope to accomplish that by the end of next week," said Wheeler.

By making a unique gateway to the city, the hope is that route 50 in Cambridge can be changed from Anytown, America, to Cambridge, Maryland.

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