A survey is being conducted in regard to a proposed Innovation Hub to be located in Cambridge, MD.  Responses are being solicited in order to determine the level of interest in such a facility.


Cross Street Partners and Eastern Shore Land Conservancy are cooperating on an exciting project to revitalize a 60,000 SF historic manufacturing facility in the heart of Cambridge, MD – The Packing House. The initiative will feature a lively collection of uses and is envisioned to feature an Innovation Hub and shared office space, a shared use commercial kitchen, food and beverage retail, health and wellness uses, and events space. The building’s focus will be on the economy, commercialization, business growth and education, bringing together regional resources and people connected to the area’s historical economic sectors: food, farming, fisheries and the environment. The Packing House will facilitate collaboration with regional businesses and communities, strengthen and create new collaboration opportunities with state and regional universities, government entities and potentially, nationally focused firms – all of which may be concentrated on food, fish, farming, and the environment. Programming for the first floor of the building is underway.

This community survey focuses primarily on the SECOND-floor, which will include office, co-working, and/or research and development space. The second floor may serve as a focal point for the Mid-Atlantic in commercializing technology and businesses focused on agriculture, aquaculture and the environment. Education, technology and business creation will be fostered. Potential tenants may include: start-up and small to mid-sized businesses, agtech entrepreneurs and industry players from beyond the eastern shore, and higher education and Federal researchers and agriculture and aquaculture practitioners.

The first floor may include a food production facility and pilot market for regional food product firms and caterers, and other food-oriented retail uses. Together, the two floors of activity would draw local residents, tourists, visiting businesspersons and academics from the Mid-Atlantic and beyond.