Maryland Department of Health and Community Development (DHCD)



March 2022


Maryland Department of Health and Community Development

CSP Role

Owner, Developer, General Contractor, Property Manager


Molly Pitcher

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The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s new Eastern Shore office and Community Engagement Center, a state agency that provides critical housing and community services to Eastern Shore residents, selected Cross Street Partners as the general contractor to build out their space within the historic Packing House. Originally built in 1920 as a furniture factory, the building later became part of the Phillips Packing Company empire, which employed thousands of people in Cambridge at its peak and supplied rations to troops during WWII. The Packing House will house a synergistic mix of tech and creative entrepreneurs, food production and food related retail/eateries as well as a 2-story, light-filled open atrium space for continuous public programs and
private events.

DHCD’s new space features five private offices, one conference room, large open office, community engagement center, motion capture studio, media control room and audio production room with shared kitchen, two ADA single occupancy restrooms and a mother’s room.

Additional work for the renovation includes open concept office space with Systems Furniture, exposed brick wall, exposed ceiling, custom copy / print station, open lounge area, lobby / reception area, installed VAV terminal units, spiral duct work, power and lighting are on occupancy sensors, installed sprinkler system, carpeted floors at private offices & conference room, new hardwood floors throughout and painted partitions.

Cross Street Partners, as general contractor, took care to preserve the building’s historic fabric and story and to meet the Secretary of the Interior’s standards, while incorporating modern building systems and amenities.

The build out was completed on time and on budget.

2101 E.Biddle Street, Suite 1201 Baltimore, MD 21213