(Jan. 8, 2021) Work is set to begin for the previously delayed Cambria Hotel boardwalk project after the Ocean City Council approved a bid this week for just over $124,000.
The winning firm, AJT Homes, submitted the lowest of nine bids received during a City Council work session on Dec. 15.
After undergoing staff review last month, $124,860 the bid was unanimously approved by the council Monday.
Other vendors submitting bids last month were Apex Construction at $146,604, CSI Contracting at $192,378, Murtech Marine Division at $171,417, Commercial Industrial Applications at $287,000, Colossal Contractors at $135,000, JJIDRBCI at $208,000, Harkins Concrete Construction at $159,990 and Rehak’s Contracting at $478,580.
During the Dec. 15 work session, City Engineer Terry McGean said the work was estimated to cost just over $177,000.
McGean previously said the project would take roughly 100 days to complete and with work set to kick off this month the boardwalk remains on track for completion by this spring.
Site plans for the Cambria Hotel on the parcel, which had been home to the Cropper Concrete plant, were initially approved in Jan. 2017 by the Ocean City Planning Commission. The lodging establishment opened to the public in August 2020.
Negotiations to construct an accompanying bayside boardwalk were nearing completion with project developer Ocean 1 Hospitality in Dec. 2019 but almost derailed the larger project in April 2020 following the coronavirus outbreak.
Citing unprecedented financial challenges during the covid-19 pandemic, Ocean 1 Hospitality President Tauhid Islam asked city officials delay receipt of $165,000 the company agreed to pay as part of an easement deal dating to 2017.
After the council insisted on payment before the Cambria Hotel opened to the public, the matter was resolved.
McGean had cited concerns about acquiring raw materials for the job, as lumber prices skyrocketed during 2020. In December, however, he told the council a stockpile had been acquired for about $29,000.