Money will fund Ocean City Development Corporation’s façade and green programs
(Nov. 29, 2019) The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development will award two $55,000 grants to fund the Ocean City Development Corporation’s façade improvement and green building programs.
The Ocean City Development Corporation’s façade program has been active since 2002, and focuses on ameliorating the exterior of businesses and residencies in downtown Ocean City, Executive Director Glenn Irwin said.
“It’s really been our most successful redevelopment program to date. Currently, we have completed and worked with property owners to renovate 230 buildings for that program,” Irwin said.
In addition to its façade program, the corporation’s green building program, which began in 2011, has been quite successful as well, Irwin said, with 65 buildings renovated to date.
“Most people use it for energy star windows, doors — it has to do with the energy efficiency of a building,” he said.
Both programs target an area ranging from the inlet parking lot to 17th Street, Irwin said.
Irwin said the timing of the funding was perfect as the corporation’s previous grant funding from the spring was running dry.
To receive funding from the Ocean City corporation, property owners must fill out an application and upon acceptance, the organization will fund up to one-third of renovation costs.
“For example, if someone wanted to apply for $5,000, their improvements would need to be at least $15,000,” he said.
Funding is limited to up to $7,500 per property, and $10,000 if a property owner is doing both façade updates and green building work.
Properties must be smaller condominiums and have six units or less.
Furthermore, Irwin said the funding is done through reimbursements, so property owners must complete their renovations through a licensed Ocean City contractor and then submit paperwork outlining the costs.
“[Ocean City Development Corporation] is very excited about being able to continue our façade program and our green building program for at least another year,” Irwin said. “Both programs historically have been operational because of state funding.”
For more information on the Ocean City Development Corporation’s façade and green building programs, call 410-289-7739 or visit www.ocdc.org.
Other Worcester County jurisdictions and agencies will benefit from grant funding as well.
The City of Pocomoke received $55,000 for its downtown businesses assistance program, which provides funding to rehabilitate buildings.
The city also received another $50,000 to repair the Mar-Va Theater’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning system.
The Town of Snow Hill’s $55,000 portion of the grant will go toward its commercial building improvement program that renovates and rehabilitates aging structures in the business district.
Finally, the Worcester County Commissioners will receive $100,000 for its Tyson Foods feed mill track mobile, which will be used to purchase a new railcar to move freight cars coming in with grain.
In total, Pocomoke, Snow Hill and the county commissioners will receive $260,000 in grant funding.
“These awards are about creating economic growth, new jobs, and improving communities for all Marylanders,” Gov. Larry Hogan stated in a press release. “Our administration is proud to support such a diverse slate of important projects that will truly change Maryland for the better.”