• City of Cambridge Maryland
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  • City of Cambridge Maryland
  • City of Cambridge Maryland
  • City of Cambridge Maryland
  • City of Cambridge Maryland
  • City of Cambridge Maryland
  • City of Cambridge Maryland
  • City of Cambridge Maryland
  • City of Cambridge Maryland
  • City of Cambridge Maryland
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City of Cambridge Maryland Waterfront 2020
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The Waterfront 2020 (W2020) is a concept, based upon community consensus that was incorporated into the Cambridge Comprehensive Plan update of 2011. The charrette process that was utilized resulted in a document that gave the City an opportunity to formalize a partnership with the State of Maryland to pursue the redevelopment of 12 +/- acres of prime waterfront property on the Choptank River. The State owned the property, which was once an active deep water port, but had not be utilized for decades.

A  Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Maryland Department of Transportation and the City of Cambridge in June 2010 initiated a focused effort to pursue the implementation of the W2020. 

By December 2013, an Agreement was reached to transfer the property and project from the state to the City of Cambridge including the Assignment of Exclusive Negotiation Privileges (ENP) with developer.

In August 2014, the property transfer was executed and the City of Cambridge took ownership.

A brief timeline of the process and progress through August 2014 when the property was transferred to the is available, CLICK HERE.

Reference Documents
- Transfer Agreement
- MDOT RFQ issued 2011
- Public Venue Feasibility Executive Report
Public Venue Feasibility Full Report

As a result of Transfer and Assignment Agreements, Cambridge is proceeding with the process started by MDOT. The City continues to work diligently on this overall initiative, but has split the project into two main elements, the wharf reconstruction and the mixed-use development.

Wharf Reconstruction - information will be posted soon.

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MDA - the City has drafted an MDA that represents the community's interests. This document can be used as a starting point of negotiation with a developer, once the process of securing one is established.

Click here to review the DRAFT MDA.

Click below to review the status of the draft MDA Exhibits

Exhibit A - Property Description
Exhibit B - State Declaration of Covenants
Exhibit C - Concept Development Plan - developer's
Exhibit D - Conceptual Approach & Methodology - developer's
Exhibit E - Development Covenants - local
Exhibit F - Title Exceptions
Exhibit G - Master Development Agreement Memorandum
Exhibit H - Promenade Use Guidelines
Exhibit I - Riverwalk Easement
Exhibit J - Riverwalk Specifications
Exhibit K - State Transfer Agreement
Exhibit L - Scope of Work for Wharf/Promenade 
Exhibit M - Master Developer's Staffing



Cambridge Maryland Waterfront 2020 Map

Waterfront 2020 Charrette

Information on how the W2020 vision was crafted follows:

As part of the process to update the Comprehensive Plan, the City of Cambridge hosted a public brain storming session with the community to help shape the future of the city's waterfront. This charrette process began in November 2008 and ran through February 2009. The goal was to develop a clear community vision concept that could part of the Comprehensive Plan, and define the development, public access, and linkages along our priceless shoreline.

The overriding theme of this process was to view the potential redevelopment of the Cambridge Waterfront in terms of economic development. Any potential project, infrastructure change, or change of use would be considered in terms of long term economic impact for the community.


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Click here to view the Waterfront 2020 charrette powerpoint presentation.

The visioning effort’s key points divided in waterfront sections follow:

Park to Park

Fishing at Great Marsh Park on the Choptank River1. Stronger linkages between Long Wharf and Great Marsh
- Way finding signage, pavement markings
2. Stronger linkages between Parks and Downtown/other neighborhoods
3. Landscaping plan for Long Wharf
- Parking lot landscaping
- Duck walk area
4. Improved parking for Marina patrons and Park Users
- Redesign parking layout to accommodate more
vehicles in existing areas
- Limit parking expansion along Water Street
- Any commercial activity should be limited to services used by boaters
5. Adaptive re-use for old pump house at Mill Street
6. Improved User Amenities for both parks
- Permanent public restrooms
- Dog Park

Cambridge Creek

JM Claytons on Cambridge Creek1. A pedestrian route that encircles Cambridge Creek will be a vital asset to the community
- Along Waterfront where-ever possible
- Linked to surrounding neighborhoods
- Respectful of waterfront business requirements
2. Linkages to Downtown and Sailwinds need to be strengthened
- Landscaped greenways between creek and
Race St.
- Water Taxi Service
3. Residential development should be limited to allow for more commercial activity
- Provide incentives for Commercial development
along creek
- Tie availability of residential units to commitment to commercial uses
4. Street patterns should be designed to link waterfront neighborhoods to the surrounding areas
- No more gated communities
- Extend street grids to the water
- Cedar Street corridor should be reinforced as primary access to downtown and Pine Street from Rt. 50


City of Cambridge Maryland Comprehensive Plan1. Focus should be on commercial and mixed use development
- Area is critical to the economic revitalization of
the waterfront
2. Residential uses should be limited.
- Emphasis should be on public uses and access
- Economic impact of commercial uses is more
significant than residential
- Housing market more vulnerable to economic
downturn than commercial
3. Existing Maritime Commercial should be respected
- Important employment base
- Cultural and historical links should be protected
4. Governor’s Hall as a building should not be considered permanent, although its purpose should be accommodated as a part of any redevelopment plan.
- Public Venue use must be taken into consideration in any redevelopment plan, including discussion of the
5. Cruise Ship port is a logical use for the pier
- Commercial development in this area should be designed to accommodate visiting cruise ships
- Retail and transportation hub
6. Hospital is a key partner to derive the maximum benefit from the entire Sailwinds area.

East Cambridge – Fishing Pier to Hyatt

Comprehensive Plan Fishing Pier to Hyatt1. Largely residential use will not change.
2. Improve linkages with other areas of the city and waterfront.
- Water Taxi stops at Dorchester Historical
- Biking/Pedestrian trails between Hyatt and
- Transit routes
3. US 50 corridor is vital to the perception of the city.
- Consideration of retail centers along 50 as part
of the neighborhood
- Streetscape and design standards along 50 to
provide more of a sense of “place”
- Gateways to provide visual cues to downtown and waterfront attractions.