Shopping center will soon open

CAMBRIDGE – The Cambridge Marketplace project has completed the initial stage of its development and is approaching a grand opening in April, Fairchild Properties, LLC President Charlie Fairchild said on Friday.

When all construction is completed, probably in 2020, the site will feature stores, restaurants and a Shore Health medical facility. But some businesses will be operating soon.

“We’ve finished the retail portion,” Mr. Fairchild said, noting that dialysis provider DaVita is already open. “We are now 100 percent leased in the retail.”

He spoke about work set to take place in the coming days, which will spruce up the area’s appearance from the highway. To the left of the front entrance, that is, the gates on U.S. Rt. 50, “That is where the new Taco Bell will be,” Mr. Fairchild said.

Next week, landscaping will take place, followed about two weeks later by a top coat of asphalt. At that point, Taco Bell and the front entrance will be open to the public.

“I think on April 1, you’re going to see the landscaping,” he said.

This will include plants and entrance signs on the Crusader Avenue side of the property. A street to be named Marketplace Boulevard will connect the Crusader entrance with Woods Road, on the east side of the site.

As soon as the new Taco Bell opens, the restaurant will vacate its current building on the property. Construction of a Starbucks on the existing Taco Bell pad will then begin.

Plans are also in the works for a Chik-Fil-A restaurant, which would be located between Taco Bell and Starbucks. “We’ve just about finalized the deal,” Mr. Fairchild said, adding that this business would open probably in late 2020, but that decision would be made by Chik-Fil-A.
A significant change to the original mix of services to be offered has taken place.

“We lost the Lidl grocery store,” Mr. Fairchild said. “We are no longer under contract.”

That loss, though, allowed plans for Shore Health’s Freestanding Medical Facility to grow from an original 16,000 square feet to, “upwards of 40,000 square feet,” he said. An associated medical office building is planned to occupy about 50,000 square feet.

“It’s unfortunate that we lost the Lidl grocery store, but it helps with the design,” Mr. Fairchild said. “It’s helped the site.”

As the job continues, another change is on the way for Cambridge. “In the next week or two, we’re going to start the demolition of the Kmart building,” he said.

“Our real focus right now is cleaning up the site and getting the landscaping done,” Mr. Fairchild said. Once the landscaping is finished, fountains at the main entrance will be turned on permanently.

“We’re finishing Phase I,” he said. Phase II will comprise construction of the medical facilities.

Financial services will also be available at the Marketplace, with Bank of America having renewed its commitment to Cambridge. In an age when many bank facilities are almost completely automated, this will be more of a traditional operation.

“It’s a big deal,” Mr. Fairchild said. “That was very exciting for us. I think we did something.”

But that’s not all.

“As we finish Cambridge Marketplace, we’ll turn our attention to Metro,” Mr. Fairchild said, referring to the vacant former grocery store in Dorchester Square on the other side of U.S. Rt. 50. “We are redeveloping.”

Dave Ryan is editor of the Dorchester Banner. He can be reached at dryan@newszap.com.

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