CAMBRIDGE — Dorchester’s county council gave a 99-year lease on the old Maces Lane school building for $1 to an organization dedicated to making it a community center.

The decision comes at the end of a lengthy process of negotiation between the county, Maces Lane Community Center Inc., the city of Cambridge and other parties.

The county was initially ready to begin the process to give the property to MLCC, but organization requested a long-term lease instead.

In December, the Cambridge council approved a memorandum of understanding with MLCC to facilitate funding and investment from Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, and the Boys and Girls Club of America Inc.

Cambridge Economic Development Director Carol Richardson said the community center is a “priority project” for the city, and will serve youth and also be available for other public uses.

“This has been a long process, but we believe every minute of it was worth it,” said MLCC’s Keith Cornish, “We look forward to going forward.”

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