Building Demolition
Press Release / September 2, 2022

On September 1, 2022 Cambridge Waterfront Development, Inc. (CWDI) received the final Permit needed to begin demolition on the Cambridge Harbor site.

“We appreciate all those who helped get us to this critical development milestone,” said Matt Leonard, CWDI’s Executive Director. “Obtaining all necessary permits requires the coordination and collaboration of various State and Local departments and officials, utility companies, consultants, designers, and contractors.”

The demolition plans include the removal of the old Dorchester General Hospital, adjacent Nurses Quarters, Governors Hall slab, associated parking lots, and other hardscapes. Davis Construction, the project’s general contractor, will mobilize their demolition equipment the week of September 5, 2022. Demolition is scheduled to be completed by December 31, 2022, leaving the site graded and seeded ready for the next phases of development.

The various types of debris will be handled in different and appropriate ways. Regulated and salvageable materials have already been removed and properly disposed of; much of the masonry will be crushed and reused as on-site fill with any excess disposed of in the County’s landfill along with general demolition debris. The plan below shows the truck debris routes to be used:

“We have had numerous citizens ask about the opportunity to take home a brick from the old hospital since we took ownership in January,” reports Mr. Leonard. CWDI understands the community’s attachment to the old hospital. “So, we have made arrangements with the contractor to identify solid bricks that can be stockpiled on site a safe distance from the demolition so citizens can retrieve a brick.” CWDI will notify the community when and where those bricks will be available once those details are decided.

Cambridge Harbor is planned as a premier, highly activated mixed-use development and waterfront district to include public spaces, amenities, and events focused on creating a strong sense of community in Cambridge while establishing a desirable destination for regional tourism and visitors alike. CWDI and its partners are committed to maintaining the public’s access to the boat ramp and trailer parking, wharf, boardwalk, tree park, and open green spaces shown in the Master Concept Site Plan as is safe for the public and practical for the progress of the work throughout the demolition and future construction phases.

CWDI is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit development corporation formed through a joint Agreement of the City of Cambridge, Maryland; Dorchester County, Maryland; and the State of Maryland. CWDI’s mission is to develop the Cambridge Harbor in partnership with the community to create, maintain and operate an inviting, accessible, active, and enjoyable place to live, work, play and visit.

For more information about CWDI or Cambridge Harbor, please contact Matt Leonard at; (434) 579 – 0374

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