Margaritaville Resort planned for Ocean City MD

From the Dispatch: “Margaritaville Resort Planned For Old Phillips Beach Plaza Property; Planners Endorse Alley Conveyance

An entire city block in the downtown area could become a major hotel, conference center and restaurant and retail complex after resort planners this week tacitly approved the conceptual plans.

Last week, the new owners of the iconic Phillips Beach Plaza property came before the Mayor and Council seeking conceptual approval of conveying an alley that bisects the property between 13th and 14th streets from the Boardwalk to Baltimore Avenue, a request to which the elected officials agreed pending what will likely become a lengthy, multi-layered approval process. On Tuesday, the developers presented conceptual plans to bring a major Margaritaville hotel, conference center, restaurant and bar, and retail complex to the city block between 13th and 14th Streets from the Boardwalk to Baltimore Avenue.

On Tuesday, the developers presented tentative plans to the Ocean City Planning Commission in order to gage the body’s general feelings about the project. Again, the project is in its very early stages in the approval process and there are numerous details to work out including on-site parking issues and the disposition of the city-owned alley, essentially Washington Lane. The commission voiced some early concerns about the amount of on-site parking for the vast project, along with concerns about the retaining public access to the alley, but by and large, the commission endorsed the plan conceptually.

On Tuesday, the developers presented tentative plans to the Ocean City Planning Commission in order to gage the body’s general feelings about the project. Again, the project is in its very early stages in the approval process and there are numerous details to work out including on-site parking issues and the disposition of the city-owned alley, essentially Washington Lane. The commission voiced some early concerns about the amount of on-site parking for the vast project, along with concerns about the retaining public access to the alley, but by and large, the commission endorsed the plan conceptually.

Smith said the Margaritaville hotel and conference center complex could help draw a different clientele to the downtown area.

“We believe everything about this will be very positive,” he said. “It will enhance the experience people have when they come to Ocean City. We believe what we do here will complement the effort to bring the type of clientele to Ocean City that will make a difference.”

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