OCEAN CITY — The downtown Ocean City skyline could be getting a not-so-subtle change after town planners last week approved a site plan for a three-story elevation of the Park Place Hotel on the Boardwalk between 2nd and 3rd Streets.
The Ocean City Planning and Zoning Commission last Tuesday approved a site plan for a significant expansion of the Park Place Hotel on the Boardwalk including the addition of three more floors on the existing elevation. The expansion would net an additional 99 rooms and suites and include some commercial elements such as pool and pool bar among others.
The plan calls for modifying some existing units on the lower floors in order to meet the parking standards and bring the project into compliance with the addition of the new units on the top three floors. Planning and Community Development Assistant Director Blaine Smith laid out the site plan review for the commission on Tuesday. He said the project as proposed met the town’s standards for parking, trash, stormwater management and landscaping and the staff review did not turn up any significant issues with the hotel expansion.