The Downtown Cambridge BIA Board of management wholeheartedly supports the proposed Cambridge Mill Hotel and Residences development.
Building on the remarkable success of the Cambridge Mill Restaurant and Event Venue over the past ten years, the BIA, again, is delighted to hear that Pearle Hospitality wishes to make an investment of this magnitude in our City.
Business and property owners have waited many years for other investors to see the full potential in our downtown. A development of the size and quality is a significant step forward.
The full service, first-class hotel component of the project is an economic driver that many cities can only dream of. We feel that this development is a huge step towards a healthier and more prosperous core area. Now, more than ever, we need to breathe renewed hope into our business community for a brighter, prosperous future downtown.
Think about other significant developments in the downtown core. A pedestrian bridge that not too long ago was touted as a 'Bridge to Nowhere'. Now, this bridge connects our downtown core with the new Gaslight District which will see many pedestrians access our trails, businesses and attractions with ease.
Executive Director, Downtown Cambridge BIA
Now we find ourselves in a similar situation. We are touted for the current gateway that welcomes visitors to our Downtown when heading south on hwy 24. This new development will draw many visitors and many will certainly admire it for its thoughtful design as they enter our downtown, some for the first time.
The location of the project on the periphery of the downtown has the advantage of increasing the downtown population without compromising the important heritage attributes of the central core area. Our Main Street and other areas will no doubt only be viewed as more precious and better cared for when these developments build on under-utilized or vacant land around the core area.
Like other developments, the Cambridge Mill proposal challenges the community to look forward and see a Cambridge of the future where core area businesses are flourishing and the city is known as much for its progressive vision, as its natural beauty.
We fully support Pearle Hospitality on this proposed development and we are hopeful Council will too as the Cambridge Mill continues on with its success story in our downtown community.