CUMBERLAND — Two homes were demolished Wednesday at the future site of the Cumberland Gateway business development along Maryland Avenue.
Often referred to as the Rolling Mill project, the 3.5-acre tract is situated off Exit 43D of eastbound Interstate 68. Located between Maryland Avenue and Park Street and Emily and Williams streets, the site was selected five years ago as the future location of a plaza that would contain a hotel, restaurants and shops.
The tract contained 69 properties when the project began. Although most of the homes were cleared from the site nearly two years ago, it has been many months since any demolition has taken place.
Homes razed on Wednesday included 215 Emily St. and 209 Cecilia St. The demolitions were ordered by the project developer, Ed Scott of Kline Scott Visco Commercial Real Estate of Frederick.
Paul Kelly, executive director of the Cumberland Economic Development Corp., which is overseeing the project, said a meeting was held last Thursday at City Hall with the developer and city officials.
“Scott is doing a wonderful job and we are seeing the progress on the ground,” Kelly said Wednesday. “I believe everything appears to be in order and the process is moving along in a timely manner.”
Scott told the Times-News in August that the project will like be a “build-around” development. That has been the primary focus since about a dozen homeowners at the site have refused to sell their properties thus far.
Kelly said more demolitions of properties are likely in the near future.
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