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Capital Projects Parks and Public Places

PARKS AND PUBLIC PLACES

 

CURRENT PROJECTS

 
29TH STREET FIREHOUSE
  • DESCRIPTION: New firehouse to replace a building that was damaged by 28 inches of floodwater during Superstorm Sandy. The city presented plans for a new 5,000-square foot firehouse and living quarters to the Planning Board in June. The estimated cost is $1.6 million
  • SCHEDULE: Construction is expected to be complete by Memorial Day 2017.
  • PROJECT UPDATE: The station was demolished in October 2016. The Fire Department moved to a temporary location on Bay Avenue near the Ocean City Municipal Airport on Sept. 6 The foundation and metal frame were in place by December 2016. The exterior was complete by February.
 
PICKLEBALL COURTS
  • DESCRIPTION: New permanent Pickleball courts at the Ocean City Intermediate School.
  • SCHEDULE: Spring 2017
  • PROJECT UPDATE: City Council awarded a contract on Dec. 20 (2016) for creating 12 permanent Pickleball courts from three existing tennis courts at the Intermediate School. Three carpeted tennis courts at the Intermediate School will be resurfaced. To increase the number of carpeted tennis courts, four hard-surface tennis courts at 34th Street will be resurfaced with carpet. Work is expected to be complete by Memorial Day.

 
9TH STREET CORRIDOR
  • DESCRIPTION: The city is attempting to acquire abandoned gas stations (and possibly other properties) to create open space at the gateway to Ocean City near the Ninth Street Bridge.
  • SCHEDULE: Ongoing
  • PROJECT UPDATE: The city settled on a $475,000 deal to purchase the BP station in November 2016. City Solicitor Dottie McCrosson is still negotiating with the attorney representing the owners of the adjacent Getty Station (at Ninth and Bay) about the value of the property. If they can't come to an agreement, the city could possibly condemn it. That means the city would take it, and then litigate what constitutes fair and just compensation in court. An abandoned Exxon Station also at Ninth and Bay has been acquired by private owners. The family that owns and operates Bud's Outboard Marine advised the city that they no longer wish the city to buy the property from them. See presentation from Town Hall Meeting on Oct. 6, 2016. See 9th Street Corridor survey results Bids have been received on crosswalk improvements and landscaping and work on one (or two) properties is expected to be complete by Memorial Day. Crosswalks at 9th and Asbury will be complete before the Doo Dah Parade on April 8.
 
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 and share $750,000 of revenue to help offset the costs of restoring the site. The Life Saving Station has also received a $145,000 grant from Superstorm Sandy relief, but those funds are tied to improvements of the grounds and not the structure. See summary of Life Saving Station costs and funding.
  • SCHEDULE: Restoration ongoing and could be complete by the end of 2017.
  • PROJECT UPDATE: A $941,900 contract for interior renovations has been awarded to Duall Building Restoration and construction is underway. The completion of work will yield a certificate of occupancy.
 
RAMP IMPROVEMENTS
  • DESCRIPTION: ADA ramp at 45th Street Post Office and ADA ramp to boardwalk at 19th Street.
  • SCHEDULE: Spring 2017
  • PROJECT UPDATE: Post office ramp is complete. 19th Street ramp is in progress.
 
ON-STREET BIKE RACKS
  • DESCRIPTION: Installation Installation of on-street bike parking at 40 locations within the city plus a storage shelter at Ninth Street and Haven Avenue. This project is being funded by the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement Program.
  • SCHEDULE: Spring 2017
  • PROJECT UPDATE: The city is working to identify locations for the project and will hold a public meeting related to the project.

 

AQUATICS AND FITNESS CENTER POOL PAINTING AND UPGRADES
  • DESCRIPTION: Emptying and painting of the 25-meter pool..
  • SCHEDULE: August 2017
  • PROJECT UPDATE: In planning stage.
 
DOWNTOWN STREETSCAPE IMPROVEMENTS
  • DESCRIPTION: Replacing the sidewalk, street furniture, parking meters and other improvements to the 800 block of Asbury Avenue.
  • SCHEDULE: Fall 2017
  • PROJECT UPDATE: Initial meeting with downtown group held and general scope outlined and includes Ninth Street between West Avenue and Central Avenue with 4-way crosswalk brick at Ninth and Asbury. Waiting on grant money.
 
COMMUNITY CENTER IMPROVEMENTS
  • DESCRIPTION: Lobby improvements to prevent cold-air intrusion and replacement of cooling tower
  • SCHEDULE: Fall 2016
  • PROJECT UPDATE: In design stage.
 
CITY HALL EXTERIOR STABILIZATION
  • DESCRIPTION: Repairs to exterior steps and repointing of bricks.
  • SCHEDULE: Not yet scheduled
  • PROJECT UPDATE: Project has $200,000 in grant funding.
 
NEW POLICE STATION AND MUNICIPAL COURT
  • DESCRIPTION: An evaluation of the 125-year-old building by an outside engineer indicates it is structurally deficient and incapable of meeting FEMA flood requirements. The proposed five-year capital plan includes $17 million for the project.
  • SCHEDULE: Not yet scheduled
  • PROJECT UPDATE:  Czar Engineering is designing plans that would incorporate the upper floors of the existing building and add a new structure in an adjacent police parking area. The new capital plan moves the project into 2018 to allow time for public input on the project.
 
BAYSIDE CENTER IMPROVEMENTS
  • DESCRIPTION: Electrical and HVAC upgrades to the Bayside Center.
  • SCHEDULE: Fall 2016
  • PROJECT UPDATE: Work expected to be complete by May 2017.
 
4500 BLOCK MUNICIPAL BUILDING ROOF
  • DESCRIPTION: Replacement of roof at 46th Street firehouse.
  • SCHEDULE: Not yet scheduled
  • PROJECT UPDATE: Out to bid.
 
 

COMPLETED PROJECTS

 
ARTIFICIAL TURF AT CAREY FIELD
  • 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.
 
RESTORATION OF THE HISTORIC TRANSPORTATION CENTER
  • 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.
 
CITY HALL
  • 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.

 

AIRPORT PLAYGROUND

  • DESCRIPTION: Installation of rubber safety surface and new equipment at airport.
 
SKATEBOARD PARK
  • 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.

 

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