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A rendering of the future 20-room Ocean Sands Hotel planned for 608 Baltimore Ave. in downtown Ocean City.

A 1930s-era apartment building on Baltimore Avenue in downtown Ocean City is officially getting an upgrade.

On Sept. 8, members of the resort’s planning commission approved a site plan for both a 20-room hotel at the site of the Nock Apartments on Baltimore Avenue near Sixth Street, and a nearby parking area down the street.

“This hotel has been in the planning stage for a while,” Zoning Administrator Kay Gordy said of the project, called the Ocean Sands Hotel, during the meeting Sept. 8.

She explained that the owners of the existing building have wanted to redevelop it for some time, and have received the necessary parking, landscaping and other approvals necessary to make it happen.

According to the plans, the new hotel at 608 Baltimore Ave. will include 20 rooms with some parking on site, with another 13 deed restricted spaces designated down the street at 505 Baltimore Ave.

The commissioners had some questions about the parking exceptions, which one deemed “complicated and complex,” but ultimately approved the project under the premise that redevelopment is needed in the area.

“I’m all for redeveloping downtown and we need nonconformity to redevelop downtown,” said Commissioner Joel Brous. “The parking and the density and the setback, it’s a lot, but they’re things you need to redevelop downtown.”

This story appears in the print version of the Ocean City Today on Sept. 17.

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