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People, Companies, County Battle Over Cambridge Hearn Building

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CAMBRIDGE, Md. - Steel beams are the Hearn Building's last legs.

Some people like Donald Gray say the historic Cambridge building is an eyesore. They want it gone.

"Last five years, everybody like myself thinks it's a disgrace to Cambridge," Gray said.

Historic Cambridge Development, LLC purchased the building from the county a couple years ago. Elizabeth Beckley, a consultant for Cambridge Preservation Works LLC, works with the company. She says keeping the building on its feet would save a piece of history.


"There are untold number of people who have worked here, who have had family members who have worked here," Beckley said. "For them, this building is personal."

A total of $900,000 of state grant money has been used to removing water, debris, and stabilizing the building. Another $600,000 came from the developer of Historic Cambridge Development himself.

People like Gene Tolley say all the time and money may not be worth it.


"I did want it taken down, but now I'm in favor," Tolley said. "If we can preserve that building, preserve it. But how long do we have to wait to preserve that building?"

But Beckley and the developer say the $5.4 million project just needs more time.

"We want people to understand that this is a very important project that's going to be successful," she said. "They just need to be a little patient while we go through all of the steps."

Steps and money that Gray says should be invested in other ways.

"We got other things in Cambridge that needs to be done and other sections other than this building," Gray said.

The development director working on the Hearn Building says now that the debris and water are cleared, they can now plan on construction. 

The Hearn Building collapsed back in 2015 before Historic Cambridge Development owned the building. The development director says the collapse caused further delays to the project. 

Beckley says the project may finish in Spring 2019. The building would include upscale apartments and retail stores, according to the development director.

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