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Progress of the Packing House

The Packing House project has been getting some well-earned recognition lately, an acknowledgement of just how far this ambitious redevelopment project has come. Senator Cardin, who was key to securing critical funding for the construction of the shared-use commercial kitchen and has been an ardent supporter of the project, recently toured the building.

Senator Ben Cardin (center) with some of the future tenants of the Packing House, including ESLC's Steve Kline (far left) and Blue Oyster Environmental's Johnny Shockley (second from left)

This past Friday, Governor Hogan presided over the ribbon-cutting for the Department of Housing and Community Development’s new Eastern Shore satellite office and Community Engagement Center. The office and center will serve as anchor tenants in the redeveloped facility and will provide critical housing and community services and outreach to Eastern Shore residents.

During his visit, Hogan bestowed a Governors’ Citation to The Packing House project team for their commitment to provide modern economic opportunities for the city of Cambridge and the surrounding region.

Governor Hogan's Citation for the Packing House

The architectural transformation of this historic building is awe-inspiring. The deteriorating state of the building was, for decades, a physical reminder of the devastating economic collapse that followed the closing of the Phillips Packing Plant in the 1960s. Now, with the first tenants occupying the renovated facility and others soon to follow, the building once again stands as a symbol of the economic future for Cambridge.

Visitors to the Packing House hear speakers in the Atrium, ESLC's event space in the renovated building

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