(April 23, 2021) After working out a parking snag, developers got the green light this week to bring a new multi-use project to the site of the shuttered Phillips Seafood House in Ocean City’s north end.

Called Ocean Two, the proposed development calls for 6,840 square feet of retail and restaurant space, made up of five tenants, and a mixture of 36 two- and three-bedroom apartments on several lots within the 141st Street area.

The city’s planning commission voted unanimously to approve the plans at a meeting this week, which were revised from a first draft presented in January. The original plans called for 44 residential units, which were reduced to 36 to meet parking requirements.

Architect Keith Iott, the president of Iott Architecture and Engineering, said the construction is all new and will replace the former Phillips building, which is set for demolition. He said the project will include at least one restaurant, possibly two, and several retail shops. He said the specific tenants have not yet been finalized.

With this week’s approval, the project can proceed and Iott said construction should begin soon.

Also on the city’s north end, Sanibel Seas residential community is finally headed toward a groundbreaking.

Planning commissioners voted this week to approve revisions to the plans, which call for 59 multi-family town homes and condos on the west side of Coastal Highway and east side of Sinepuxent Avenue between 144th and 145th streets.

The revisions include separating the townhouses and condos with 6-foot-3 yards, which is a variance from the requested 10 feet; reducing the off-street parking by nine spaces; including HVAC unit platforms for extra space between the buildings; planting various trees for landscaping; and changing up the phasing.

Phase one is now the construction of 20 units along Coastal Highway, along with amenities and off-site parking; phase two is 20 more units; and phase three is the remaining 17 units on Sinepuxent Avenue.

The planning commissioners’ unanimous approval of the revisions comes on the heels of hours of contentious discussion in previous meetings, mostly involving parking and density.

Some of those discussions came back up this week, but commissioners ultimately opted to approve the revised plans.

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