OCEAN CITY — A major change to the downtown skyline inched closer to becoming reality this week after resort planners signed off on a heavily-conditioned zoning change for the historic Cropper concrete plant property to accommodate a vast hotel and restaurant complex.
considerable debate about the potential impact on the neighborhood, the
Planning and Zoning Commission on Tuesday voted to forward a favorable
recommendation to the Mayor and Council for a zoning change for the
historic George Burt Cropper concrete plant along the bay just north of
the Route 50 Bridge and just south of 1st Street.
Moore, representing Ropewalk Bel Air Properties LLC, which has a
contract to purchase the property, presented a request for a zoning
change of the property from M-1 manufacturing to Inlet-1, or I-1, a
fairly unique zoning designation reserved for a handful of properties
along the downtown waterfront.
Moore told resort planners the
conceptual plan for the redevelopment includes a mixed-use facility
including another location for the popular Ropewalk restaurant along
with a hotel situated on the north end of the property. Moore said the
site, which is situated prominently along the main entrance to the
resort at Route 50, might be the largest undeveloped commercial property
in the resort.