The Packing House

Development, Construction, Financial Advisory


Completed

2022

Client

Cross Street Partners

CSP Role

Developer, General Contractor, Property Manager, Financial Advisory

Contact

Margaret Norfleet-Neff

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Cross Street Partners repurposed the historic Phillips Packing Company, Factory F  (The Packing House) in Cambridge, MD. Building on the Eastern Shore’s deep tradition of agricultural and fishing assets, the Packing House is  an active, mixed-use development designed to support and grow regional economic opportunities connected to agriculture, aquaculture, environmental technologies, and tourism. The Packing House serves as a connection between the growing downtown revitalization in Cambridge and the nearby highway route taking people to the Maryland and Virginia beaches. The commercialization, research, production, and active retail uses support local employment and inform nutrition and public health programming on the Eastern Shore.

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Redeveloping this historically significant building as an entrepreneurial engine for the Cambridge community in a manner that celebrates Cambridge’s unique heritage preserves the legacy of the Phillips Packing Company. The Packing House is a 60,000 square foot vacant warehouse building in a neglected industrial section of Cambridge. It is the last remaining factory from the Phillips Company’s empire of vegetable and food packing businesses, which once employed thousands of people in Cambridge. The company closed in the 1960’s, and the building has been deteriorating for decades.

The Packing House is located in a targeted revitalization area called the Packing District, 50 yards from Route 50, easily identified by the pair of smokestacks. Adjacent to the building is a 6.6-acre property that will become Cannery Park – a collaborative project that will result in a new central park for the town, the restoration of the headwaters of Cambridge Creek that flow through the property, and possibly a trail head for a new rails-to-trails system. Phase 1 was completed Q4 2022. The City of Cambridge, Dorchester County, the Governor’s office, ESLC, and Cross Street Partners recognize that the Phillips building is a crucial piece of Eastern Shore history. Transforming The Packing House, once a symbol of Cambridge’s manufacturing legacy, into a hub for innovation and social connectivity signals a major shift in this rural region’s economic outlook. The project harnesses the Eastern Shore’s inherent assets to usher the City of Cambridge into the modern innovation economy.

 

Watch Unpacking Cambridge: A Story of Rebirth and Reconciliation here

In The News: The Packing House

02/05/2018

Cannery Park construction begins

Dorchester Banner

01/30/2018

Cannery Park coming to Cambridge

Dorchester Star

09/19/2016

Startup MD visits Cambridge on annual tour


My Eastern Shore MD

10/20/2016

ESLC: Future of Phillips Packing Plant at Stake

The Dorchester Banner

02/02/2016

ESCL seeking to revitalize Cambridge 'Packing District'

MyEasternShoreMD

06/08/2018

Phillip Packing Company building seeking tenants for a financial closing

47abc

10/11/2018

Phillips Packing House among preservation projects

The Star

11/06/2018

Phillips Packing House Named "Threatened Historic Place"

Chesapeake Bay Magazine

11/13/2018

Phillips Packing House Named One of Six in Maryland to "Fix"

WBOC16

11/13/2018

Restoring Phillips Packing House in Cambridge

Delmarva Public Radio

07/15/2019

Phillips Packing House will be Renovated

Chesapeake Bay Magazine

02/11/2022

$1M grant supports Cambridge Packing House Project

MyEasternShore.com

03/11/2022

FY22 COMMUNITY FUNDING PROJECTS SECURED

State of Maryland Press Release

03/2022

Developers Seek to Blend Past, Present in Rivival of the Packing House

Novogradac Journal of Tax Credits

05/28/2022

Carden to tout Federal Infrastructure Dollars in Cambridge, MD

Star Democrat

06/01/2022

Senator Ben Cardin gets a look at updates at the Phillips Packing House

WMDT

06/03/2022

Cardin tours Packing House, Four Eleven Kitchen

The Dorchester Star

06/10/2022

Governor Hogan to Deliver Keynote at MML Summer Conference, Hold Six Days of Events on Eastern Shore

States Top Leading News

06/11/2022

Video and Photo Release: Governor Hogan Celebrates Revitalization Initiatives in Cambridge

Governor's Office

06/12/2022

Big Steps for three major projects as Hogan visits Cambridge

The Star Democrat

06/17/2022

University of Maryland Baltimore Expands Eastern Shore Programs via Cambridge's Packing House

University of Maryland

06/17/2022

Jarrell Abuzz About Eastern Shore Efforts

UMB News

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