OCEAN CITY — After a marathon public hearing, Ocean City planners have recommended an extension of the town’s amusement overlay district to take in a property that will become a high-end, state-of-the-art haunted house at the site of an existing underage nightclub.
The Ocean City Planning and Zoning Commission on Tuesday night approved an extension of the town’s amusement overlay district, which allows certain uses not permitted in other zoning designations. The proposed extension, which will ultimately come before the Mayor and Council, would take in several properties throughout the historic downtown area including the H2O underage dance club on the north side of Worcester Street that is proposed for a state-of-the-art haunted house.
Zoning Administrator Blaine Smith explained the intent of the requested extension was to bring the H2O underage club property into the amusement overlay district to facilitate the development of the haunted house, which would not be a permitted use under the property’s existing zoning. Steelhead Productions, which has developed critically acclaimed haunted houses in other areas around the state, most notably Field of Screams in Olney and DC Screams in the nation’s capital, intends to repurpose the old underage nightclub for its latest production.