Sunday, April 23, 2017
Large-scale J-1 student housing approved
In the first time in Ocean City history, a boarding house will be created with the goal of housing many international student workers while they work at resort businesses in the summertime.
Following an hour-long discussion, the Planning and Zoning Commission approved a site plan to convert roughly 5,900 square feet of the 10,950-square-foot commercial space on 84th Street into a 15-room lodging house that would accommodate 56 student workers.
The preliminary plans called for 16-bedroom facility that would house 72 J-1 visa students, all of whom would work at the Ropewalk Restaurant on 82nd Street this summer. Four students would be put in a bedroom, each sized at 160 square feet with closet space, which is accordance to Ocean City’s building code. Few of the bedrooms would have windows, but the building would have a sprinkler system.
Some commission members had reservations on the final project.
“Prison cells have more amenities than this,” Commission member Palmer Gillis told Chris Reda, the Ropewalk owner and site plan applicant. “I have a hard time seeing four people living in rooms like this.”
at 4/23/2017 06:00:00 AM