The Rosenbaum Building in Downtown Cumberland is under construction and plans to offer more business and visitors into the downtown district.
I was invited in to see the work being completed and an update on the projects that Chris Hendershot and Garrett Egan, owners of the historic building are knee deep in developing.
“This building is on the national registry of historic places,” said Hendershot. “It was originally a department store called Rosenbaum.”
Hendershot says they reach out to the family who is no longer local to Cumberland area to ask for their blessing to continue the tradition of the name but with a different rebranding. Although most recently the building was an M&T Bank.
“This building is the only building of an atrium of this size in the county, the only building with a glass elevator,” Hendershot said, “It has some really unique features and it’s just a gorgeous building with a lot of natural light, so it was an obvious choice for us to invest in because of the history and also the potential for what could be here.”
As for the design of the building, Hendershot gives all the credit to Garrett Egan his partner in ownership.
The first story does have some amazing and unique features. Including what Hendershot called the “mini” Baltimore St. located on one side of the lobby entrance. Including an original street sign and brick from the construction just right outside their door on Baltimore St.
The first level includes five new businesses. Some have already been announced, including Basecamp Coffee, AJ Cookie Jar, and Lefty’s Restaurant. There will also be a women’s retail store and barbershop which has not been revealed yet.
The second floor includes office spaces, and all have been accounted for, except for one which is still in discussion.
The third and forth floors are 25 residential units.
Hendershot says about half will be apartments and the other, short-term leases.
The goal and purpose of the Rosenbaum building, Hendershot says is to bring the community together and bring visitors into the Downtown Cumberland District.