Waterfront 2020

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.

View a brief timeline (PDF) of the process and progress through August 2014 when the property was transferred to the is available.

Reference Documents


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.

Sailwinds Park Master Development Agreement (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.

Review the DRAFT MDA (PDF)