Cambridge Marketplace ‘for the community’

Officials break ground on redevelopment

CAMBRIDGE — More than 13 million vehicles travel US Rt. 50 in Cambridge each year according to Charlie Fairchild, developer of the new Cambridge Marketplace.

Mr. Fairchild, of Fairchild Properties LLC, joined a large, jovial gathering of officials and guests Tuesday to officially break ground at the old Cambridge Plaza, and soon-to-be Cambridge Marketplace. Big changes are coming to the shopping center on US Rt. 50. This includes a brand new entrance, with green space and fountains, that Mr. Fairchild is confident will draw many visitors traveling in those 13 million vehicles.

“With 13 million cars, do you know how many people are in those cars,” Mr. Fairchild asked while addressing the crowd. “They’re going to see this entrance. … It is absolutely beautiful. On US Rt. 50, from 95 in Maryland to Ocean City, there will be no other facility, no other entrance, nothing like this. Everybody will drive by. They’re going to look at it and say, ‘wow, wow, wow.’”

The old right-of-way, that stretches from near the old, vacant grocery store to Crusader Road, will be replaced with a new entrance that will cut through the middle of the newly redesigned mixed-use center. A Starbucks and Chick-fil-A are also coming to Cambridge Marketplace. University of Maryland Shore Regional Health is in the beginning phases of bringing a state-of-the-art emergency room and medical pavilion as well. There are also plans to open a new grocery store, and Mr. Fairchild announced that DaVita will open a dialysis center. Many of the stores that currently occupy Cambridge Plaza will remain in the newly designed marketplace.

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An official groundbreaking was held Tuesday at Cambridge Marketplace. From left are Dave Cannon and LaShon Foster, of the Cambridge City Council; Bill Satterfield, Dorchester County councilman; Jeremy Goldman, county manager; Cambridge Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley; Ricky Travers, county council president; State Senator Addie Eckardt; Robert Hanson, city council president, with his grandson; Sue and Charlie Fairchild, with Fairchild Properties, the developers of the site; Ken Kozel. CEO of University of Maryland Shore Regional Health; Steve Rideout, city commissioner; Delegate Sheree Sample-Hughes; Donald Sydnor, city commissioner; Delegate Johnny Mautz; Hunter Fairchild and Duke Fairchild, of Fairchild Properties.

“This is huge for Cambridge, it’s huge,” Mr. Fairchild said. “This is for Cambridge. This is for Dorchester. This is for the community.”
Many of the speakers and guests agreed with Mr. Fairchild, including Cambridge Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley, who said she first met the Fairchilds, Charlie and his wife Sue, a couple years ago.

“The thing that struck me was Sue was so excited,” the mayor said. “She could see the potential for Cambridge. … Sue had the vision to see that Cambridge was about to explode, and they wanted to be part of that. I am really grateful to both of them for following up with that vision and that mission.”

Mayor Jackson-Stanley said there are many more good things to come to Cambridge. Dorchester County Council President Ricky Travers expressed his excitement as well.

“How blessed are we to have the Fairchild Family now part of Dorchester?” Mr. Travers asked. “We are so fortunate that they have seen the vision for this property. This is just going to show all of those thousands and thousands of cars that go up and down 50 a little piece of what’s going on in the rest of the county. … We’re moving forward. We’re getting things done. This is going to be a shining star on Route 50.”

Brandon Hesson, associate director of Economic Development with the City of Cambridge, spoke before the ceremony.
“We’re talking about 100-plus new jobs,” not counting the potential Shore Health facilities. “We have a lot of people that need those opportunities. …

“Fairchild Properties has been very easy to work with throughout this. … This really is the kind of thing you hold out for. We really think that Cambridge deserves this type of development.”

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