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Capital Projects Parks and Public Places
PARKS AND PUBLIC PLACES
NEW PUBLIC SAFETY BUILDING
- DESCRIPTION: An evaluation of the 130-year-old police station building by an outside engineer indicates it is structurally deficient and incapable of meeting FEMA flood requirements. The city is proposing a new public safety building at the site of the current fire headquarters at 550 Asbury Avenue. The building would house police, fire, EMS, emergency dispatch, emergency management and municipal court operations.
SCHEDULE: If the concept is approved, the city would authorize design of the building in fall 2020.
ON-STREET BIKE RACKS
- DESCRIPTION: Installation of on-street bike parking at 40 locations within the city. This project is being funded by the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement Program through Cape May County.
PROJECT UPDATE: The city has identified 30 street-end locations on beach blocks and 10 in-street locations near businesses. Project is waiting on the county. Expected to be complete in 2021.
CITY HALL PLUMBING IMPROVEMENTS
DESCRIPTION: Replacement of lead plumbing pipes and creation of ADA compliant bathrooms on 2nd and 3rd floors of City Hall.
PROJECT UPDATE: Bids were rejected and project will be rebid.
CIVIC CENTER IMPROVEMENTS
- DESCRIPTION: Make improvements to the HVAC system, entrances to building, doors, windows, covered walkways.
CITY HALL BATHROOM IMPROVEMENTS
- DESCRIPTION: Replacement of lead plumbing pipes, renovation of third-floor men's room as a family restroom, addition and renovations on second floor to include men's and women's restrooms.
MUSIC PIER IMPROVEMENTS
- DESCRIPTION: Boilers, HVAC, roof, substructure and other comprehensive repairs to historic building.
MUSIC PIER ROOF IMPROVEMENTS
- DESCRIPTION: Roof repairs, replacement and improvement.
AQUATIC AND FITNESS CENTER 1ST FLOOR RENOVATIONS
- DESCRIPTION: Repairs to water-damaged first floor.
HUMANE SOCIETY HVAC IMPROVEMENTS
- DESCRIPTION: Make improvements to the HVAC system.
PERMANENT LIGHTING 34TH STREET
- DESCRIPTION: Installation of permanent electrical infrastructure on Roosevelt Boulevard garden plots for year-round outdoor lighting.
- DESCRIPTION: Improvements to the Ocean City Music Pier sound system.
- DESCRIPTION: Repairs to 34th Street playground. New equipment and repairs to 52nd Street playground. A new rubber surface, new equipment and a new bathroom facility for the North Street playground. A new bathroom at the 29th Street playground. Improvements to 8th Street Playground.
DOWNTOWN STREETSCAPE IMPROVEMENTS
- DESCRIPTION: New four-way brick crosswalks at the Ninth Street intersections with Asbury Avenue and West Avenue. Brick crosswalks at Asbury Avenue intersections with Eighth Street and 10th Street. Memorial pavers have been placed in a pedestrian resting area between City Hall and Yianni's.
2018 POOL IMPROVEMENTS
- DESCRIPTION: Pool, decking, gutter and lane marker work.
- DESCRIPTION: Demolition of city-owned and vacant building at 36th and Bay. Site to remain as open space.
CITY HALL EXTERIOR STABILIZATION
- DESCRIPTION: Repairs to exterior steps and repointing of bricks at historic City Hall (circa 1914) took advantage of $200,000 in grant funding.
REPLACEMENT OF BOILERS AT FIRE DEPARTMENT
- DESCRIPTION: Replace existing boilers at Fire Department headquarters.
HISTORIC U.S. LIFESAVING STATION
- DESCRIPTION: Restoration of a historic U.S. Life Saving Station that operated in Ocean City from 1885 to 1915. The city purchased the building in 2010 for about $1 million, ending a decade-long battle to save the station from demolition. Five years earlier, Ocean City voters rejected a proposed $3 million purchase of the property. In 2011, the site received a $750,000 New Jersey Historic Trust grant. The money was part of a matching grant – the city had to come up with an equal $750,000 to help the museum replace its roof and complete work on the foundation, windows and porch of the historic building. The members of local nonprofit U.S. Life Saving Station 30 hope to create a living history museum there. The Life Saving Station has also received a $145,000 grant from Superstorm Sandy relief to improve the grounds. See summary of Life Saving Station costs and funding.
ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATION
- DESCRIPTION: Electric vehicle charging station for two cars in parking lot behind City Hall on the 800 block of Central Avenue.
REPLACEMENT OF SPORTS LIGHTING AT SIXTH STREET
- DESCRIPTION: Installation of new lighting at Carey Field
COMMUNITY CENTER IMPROVEMENTS
- DESCRIPTION: Lobby improvements to prevent cold-air intrusion and replacement of cooling tower
9TH STREET CORRIDOR
- DESCRIPTION: The city acquired two abandoned gas stations to create open space at the gateway to Ocean City near the Ninth Street Bridge. The city settled on a $475,000 deal to purchase the BP station in November 2016. The city settled on a $650,000 deal to purchase the Getty Station at the corner of Ninth Street and Bay Avenue in April 2018. The city received open space grants from Cape May County and was reimbursed for the acquisition costs of both properties. The area is now landscaped as a park.
VIDEO SCREENS AND EQUIPMENT AT MUSIC PIER
- DESCRIPTION: A $150,000 donation from the Friends of the Ocean City Pops will pay for video screens and equipment to enhance performances and visibility at the Ocean City Music Pier.
AQUATICS AND FITNESS CENTER POOL UPGRADES
- DESCRIPTION: Replacement of pool filter and installation of decking over pool pit.
4500 BLOCK MUNICIPAL BUILDING ROOF
- DESCRIPTION: Replacement of roof at 46th Street firehouse.
29TH STREET FIREHOUSE
DESCRIPTION: New firehouse replaces a building that was damaged by 28 inches of floodwater during Superstorm Sandy. The new 5,000-square foot firehouse and living quarters were completed in May 2017 at a cost of about $2 million with FEMA and insurance reimbursing about 40 percent.
DESCRIPTION: Twelve new permanent outdoor Pickleball courts at 18th Street and Haven Avenue. Three carpeted tennis courts at the Intermediate School were resurfaced. To increase the number of carpeted tennis courts, four hard-surface tennis courts at 34th Street were resurfaced with carpet. Work was completed in June 2017.
BAYSIDE CENTER IMPROVEMENTS
- DESCRIPTION: Electrical and HVAC upgrades to the Bayside Center.
- DESCRIPTION: ADA ramp at 45th Street Post Office and ADA ramp to boardwalk at 19th Street.
DESCRIPTION: Installation of artificial turf at Carey Stadium, which is adjacent to Ocean City High School but owned by the City of Ocean City. The project was part of a 2014 plan to save money on maintenance and increase opportunities for different games and events on the field. The city team has identified a cork infill that is natural, healthy and entirely organic. A special weave in the artificial grass helps keep the infill in place in wind and rain. The city budgeted approximately $1 million for the project and tapped into the balance of bond ordinances that were approved in 2013 and 2014 for work at the field. City Council awarded a $494,721.51 contract to Field Turf USA on Feb. 11 for the purchase of artificial turf with an entirely organic cork infill. Council awarded a $449,900 contract to LandTek Group to install the turf. The project was completed in August 2016.
- DESCRIPTION: Interior storm damage repairs and restoration of historic turret to the building using $501,000 in Sandy grant funding.
OCEAN CITY THEATRE COMPANY BUILDING
- DESCRIPTION: Repairs to city-owned building at 1501 West Avenue leased by the Ocean City Theatre Company.
IMPROVEMENTS TO RACQUET COURTS FACILITIES
- DESCRIPTION: Repairs to five hard-surface tennis courts at Fifth Street. New basketball and hockey surfaces.
- DESCRIPTION: Replacement of the ground-floor exterior doors and windows. The project takes advantage of $230,000 in Sandy grant funding to repair the flood-damaged building.
LIBRARY ROOF REPLACEMENT
- DESCRIPTION: Replacement of the roof at the Ocean City Free Public Library on the 1700 block of Simpson Avenue.
WELCOME CENTER MODIFICATIONS
- DESCRIPTION: Addition of interior stairwell, storage and improved access for the disabled.
- DESCRIPTION: Installation of rubber safety surface and new equipment at airport.
DESCRIPTION: The city used a $500,000 grant from Cape May County and $250,000 of city funds to replace a small skateboard park that was dismantled in 2011 with a new state-of-the-art concrete facility at Fifth Street and Asbury Avenue.
INSTALLATION OF TRACK SURFACE AT CAREY FIELD
DESCRIPTION: Repair and replacement of track at Carey Field, adjacent to Ocean City High School.
15TH STREET PLAYGROUND IMPROVEMENTS
DESCRIPTION: New equipment, playground surface, rest room and canopy.
COMMUNITY CENTER HVAC IMPROVEMENTS
- DESCRIPTION: Replacing coils on rooftop air conditioner.