Crabs-To-Go, located at the intersection of Route 50 and Route 589, had an expansion project reviewed by the Worcester County Technical Review Committee during their meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 14.

(Oct. 16, 2020) The Worcester County Technical Review Committee reviewed two projects during its meeting Wednesday — the reconstruction of Mad Fish Bar & Grill in West Ocean City and an addition to Crabs-To-Go on the intersection of Route 50 and 589

After experiencing major fire damage in August 2019, Mad Fish, which has been closed since the fire, is proposing an 11,302 square-foot open-air facility.

Since the floor-to-floor area and not public area was less than 10,000 square feet, it was allowed to be reviewed as a minor site plan and will receive approval by the Technical Review Committee.

In June, the Worcester County Planning Commission approved a proposal for a 13,775 square-foot building. It has already received approvals for off-premise parking and a waiver for the loading space.

Keith Iott, the architect, said that this is the first phase in that proposal.

The building will contain food service, a bar, an ice cream parlor and a tour service, as well as outdoor seating.

The parcel was allocated 40 sewer equivalent dwelling units, but will require one additional. The restaurant will also need to apply for 40 water equivalent dwelling units.

The Crabs-To-Go project would add 1,755 square feet to the existing building.

Since it is a minor site plan, it will be reviewed and approved by the Technical Review Committee.

The building has eight sewer equivalent dwelling units, but will need 16 total.

Project approval is subject to the Board of Zoning Appeals approving variances associated with the outdoor seating. It will then next move to a site plan review.

Elizabeth covers Worcester County issues for Ocean City Today. In 2018, she graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa with a bachelor of arts. After graduation, Elizabeth spent a year with Lutheran Volunteer Corps in Wilmington, Delaware.

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