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Cambridge Plaza Revitalization Misses Delivery Date

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Cambridge Plaza, the abandoned K Mart (Photo:WBOC) Cambridge Plaza, the abandoned K Mart (Photo:WBOC)

CAMBRIDGE, Md.-  Driving along Route 50 in Cambridge, you may notice a seemingly abandoned shopping center on the side of the road.  Cambridge Plaza was once home to a grocery store and a K Mart. 

Those two are long gone, and a developer announced earlier this year that this Fall, work would be completed on a newly renovated plaza.  That work has yet to begin.

Fall of 2016 was supposed to be the time when the shopping center was going to be full of life and vibrant new businesses.  That's not the case this Fall, and some business owners are wondering when this is going to happen.

The plans for Cambridge Marketplace are ambitious, but they were met with great enthusiasm earlier this year.  Finally something was going to be done about the old K Mart.  But it's Fall of 2016 and it still looks the same.  Downtown may be flourishing, but locals say the K Mart building betrays that image.

"It sort of lets people think that all that they've heard about Cambridge, which is untrue, is still there.  It's a big empty building and something needs to be done about it," said Carol Levy-Ruark.

Not all of the shopping center is empty.  On the other end of the plaza, businesses line the smaller storefronts.  Rod Porter, owner of Perfect Image Fashions moved his business here a year ago to increase customer traffic.  They were excited to see the plans earlier this year.

"I was really excited.  I hope that it happens.  I really and truly hope that it happens.  I hope the plaza gets a facelift so we can draw more customers out here," said Porter.

The delivery date has been reached, and so far, not much has changed.  Locals still see promise for the center.

"We need something that's a little bit better than Walmart as far as, we can't go high end, but millenials and seniors and people like that can afford.  I think it would be a real lift to us here," said Levy-Ruark.

"It's probably just a matter of time.  Just a matter of time.  There's still hope.  There's still hope," said Porter.

On the Fairchild Properties website, it still says that the Cambridge Marketplace will be delivered by Fall of 2016.  WBOC reached out to them as to why this project has not been completed by the Fall of 2016, but they have not yet responded to our request for comment. 

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