Cambridge Waterfront Development, Inc. (CWDI) has launched an online survey asking the community for input on naming a new street being added to Cambridge Harbor. The survey can be accessed through the Cambridge Harbor website at www.cambridgeharbor.org. The website can also be reached using the QR code to the right. The survey will be open through June 30, 2023.
CWDI once again worked with BCT Design Group on this latest effort “to include our community in the development of Cambridge Harbor,” said Matt Leonard, CWDI’s Executive Director. “Much like we did last year when the community helped choose the Cambridge Harbor name for the waterfront development.”
CWDI’s Outreach & Communication Committee (OCC) is leading this effort for the organization. OCC members include Rich Zeidman, Dion Banks, Shay Lewis-Sisco, and Matt Leonard. “The process has been iterative and collaborative,” explains Shay Lewis-Sisco. “We have worked carefully and deliberately to develop four themes for the community to consider.” The four themes are:
1) Rose Hill. The Cambridge Harbor site sits directly adjacent to what remains of the historic Rose Hill Community.
2) Roses. Many of the adjacent street names are also names of rose varieties, i.e., Aurora and Radiance.
3) Light / Sources of Light. At Cambridge Harbor, light plays on the water and the land in various ways – sunrises and sunsets bathe it in crimson and gold, moonlight shimmers silver on the water, lighthouses spin their strobes, and boats’ lights dot the darkness.
4) Maritime Heritage. This last theme opens naming to the wider Maritime history and heritage of Cambridge and Dorchester County, which are deeply engrained community characteristics. In fact, Cambridge Harbor’s tagline is “Lured By The Water, Kept By Our Heritage.”
“We’re building on the Cambridge Harbor naming process, which we presented during our previous community input session in April 2022,” says Dion Banks. Mr. Banks was part of the group of community stakeholders who worked with BCT in 2021 and 2022 to develop the site naming options. “That process returned an excellent result,” adds Mr. Banks. “Which is why we’re using a similar process for this important initiative.”
Based on the survey results, CWDI will identify three possible final names for the new street. Following that, an in-person community event will be held at Cambridge Harbor that will allow the community to help select the final name. CWDI will inform the public once the date is selected for this in-person event.
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 Cambridge Harbor in partnership with the community, to the benefit of the community, and to sustainably operate and maintain Cambridge Harbor as an inviting, accessible, active, and enjoyable place to live, work, play, and visit.
Cambridge Harbor is being planned as a highly activated waterfront district to include public spaces, amenities, and events focused on promoting the City of Cambridge and Dorchester County’s multi-faceted history, heritage, and culture while creating a unique destination for tourism.
For more information about CWDI or Cambridge Harbor, please visit the website, or contact Matt Leonard at [email protected]; (434) 579-0374.