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Capital Projects Parks and Public Places
PARKS AND PUBLIC PLACES
9TH STREET CORRIDOR
- DESCRIPTION: The city is attempting to acquire abandoned gas stations to create open space at the gateway to Ocean City near the Ninth Street Bridge.
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) for a potential purchase. Gas tanks have been removed from the private property, and the soil is being tested to confirm no contamination, one of the conditions of any sale. 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 As soon as the deal is completed work will begin on an open-space park. See plans for landscape improvements. Crosswalk improvements at the intersections of Ninth Street with West Avenue and Asbury Avenue are now complete. The city also is considering acquiring the abandoned Exxon station at the southeast corner of Ninth and Bay through condemnation. City Council approved a bond ordinance that would appropriate $650,000 for the purchase. Work on landscaping the BP station parcel is underway.
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 to be completed in 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 should yield a certificate of occupancy by the end of 2017.
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 2018
PROJECT UPDATE: The city has identified 30 street-end locations on beach blocks and 10 in-street locations near businesses. Racks should be installed by summer 2018.
IMPROVEMENTS TO VARIOUS PLAYGROUNDS
- DESCRIPTION: Repairs to 34th Street playground are complete. New equipment and repairs to 52nd Street playground are scheduled. A new rubber surface and some new equipment scheduled for North Street playground.
SCHEDULE: Fall 2017
PROJECT UPDATE: Work on the two remaining projects to be complete in fall 2017.
DOWNTOWN STREETSCAPE IMPROVEMENTS
- DESCRIPTION: New four-way brick crosswalks at the Ninth Street intersections with Asbury Avenue and West Avenue are complete. Brick crosswalks at Asbury Avenue intersections with Eighth Street and 10th Street are scheduled. The city will replace the uneven surfaces created by brick pavers throughout the downtown area.
PROJECT UPDATE: Crosswalks at Eighth Street and 10th Street likely to be constructed in early 2018.
COMMUNITY CENTER IMPROVEMENTS
- DESCRIPTION: Lobby improvements to prevent cold-air intrusion and replacement of cooling tower
SCHEDULE: Fall 2017
PROJECT UPDATE: Construction underway.
CITY HALL EXTERIOR STABILIZATION
DESCRIPTION: Repairs to exterior steps and repointing of bricks.
SCHEDULE: Spring 2018
PROJECT UPDATE: Project has $200,000 in grant funding and is out to bid.
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. A town hall meeting will be scheduled before any concept moves forward.
CONSTRUCTION OF SALT STORAGE FACILITY
DESCRIPTION: Construction of salt storage building on the south side of the vehicle maintenance property at 11th Street and Haven Avenue.
SCHEDULE: Fall 2017
PROJECT UPDATE: On hold.
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.