OCEAN CITY — The major demolition of the Ocean Plaza Mall at 94th Street continued this week despite a formal complaint filed about possible asbestos contamination.
Last week, a private contractor began demolishing the long dormant Ocean Plaza Mall at 94th Street. The anchor stores including the existing Rose’s department store and Acme grocery store will remain in place, as will existing businesses on the outparcels on the site, but the rest of the L-shaped indoor mall portion is being torn down.
Just a few days into the process, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) received a complaint about possible asbestos contamination caused by the demolition. The MDE investigated the complaint this week and determined while there are likely asbestos-containing materials in the old mall building, it was not the variety considered dangerous to public health.
“We received a complaint about asbestos possibly being at the site,” said MDE Deputy Communications Director Jay Apperson on Wednesday. “We investigated this and it is our understanding that the asbestos is non-friable and is not being made friable by the demolition.”