Alley Ordinance Approvals Pave Way for Duplex Project on 31st and Central

The city claimed one existing alley and vacated rights to a separate "paper street."

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Ocean City Council took a pair of steps that pave the way for the installation of four duplexes along Central Avenue last week.

City Council voted to vacate rights to a non-existent alley and take over rights to an alley that already exists at its meeting Thursday night at the library.

In July, the Planning Board approved a subdivision plan that would allow the duplexes to replace two three-story buildings at 31st Street and Central Avenue.

The buildings were owned by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, and used by the Ocean Rest Educational Center as a place of worship and an educational retreat.

The buildings currently in place will be demolished and replaced by the four duplexes, which would each have 45-foot lots.

The Christian Brothers claimed ownership of an unnamed, unimproved 15-foot wide alley that runs from 31st Street to an existing alley leading to 30th Street.

The alley has stood as a "paper street" for over 100 years.

The city also claimed a 20-foot wide existing de facto alley to be made available for public use as a right of way.

There would be no alley between the subdivisions.

The Christian Brothers initially wanted to demolish one building and replace it with residential development. The group would’ve used the proceeds to renovate the other building, which doesn’t conform to current fire code and Disabilities Act laws, lacks heating and air conditioning, and was partially prohibited from use by the State Fire Marshal.

The group realized that project would be too costly, and elected instead to replace both buildings with residential housing.

Second reading of the ordinance is scheduled for Feb. 27.

Wyatt February 17, 2014 at 05:09 AM
Four duplexes will be an improvement over this firetrap, one of the few places in town where that can be said. This should greatly increase the city's tax revenues. Being owned by a religious organization, the place was probably exempt from paying real estate taxes, and even if it did pay, the condition of the place would have made its assessed value quite low.
Axel February 17, 2014 at 07:19 PM
Wyatt, appreciate your 2 cents. Obviously you have never been to Mass there as the real beauty lies within those walls. Your concern aboUt generating revenues by constructing 4 properties is quite humorous considering the thousands of dollars paid out in law suits to former city employees. I live near bye and have never considered the property an eyesore. Since the building is over 100 years old ( why does this not qualify for a historic registration) and the Christian Brothers have served countless souls in need, your concern over revenues is offensive. This is sacred ground and those involved in any aspect of more cookie cutter homes are serving 2 masters ....
vic February 17, 2014 at 10:32 PM
sacred ground??? surely you jest. being brothers, and not ordained as priests, they were not permitted to say mass. having been educated by Christian brothers, who are dedicated to teaching the poor (LaSalle high school, Christian brothers academy, etc.) I spent many an afternoon there enjoying beverages much more potent than coca cola. the good brothers were always very socialable and that is what I will miss the most. not the old broken down building. incidently, the money paid out for settling the lawsuits against the city was covered by insurance, which might increase it's rate unless we stop this practice of easy payouts.


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