Proposal for Condominium Complex to go Before Planning Board

The developers were previously approved for a hotel and spa in 2005.

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The developers of a proposed hotel and spa on 11th Street and Ocean Avenue may will request changes to the site plan to turn the use into a residential condominium, including the addition of an extra story,  the Ocean City Gazette reports.

The developers of the proposed Soleil Hotel and Spa will go before the planning board on March 5 to request changes to the site plan, according to the report.

The proposal is for a five-story hotel and spa located across the street from The Flaners Hotel. The developer will request an increase of height in 15 feet and an increase of about 400 square feet, according to the report.

The plan was initially approved by the planning board in 2005, according to the report.

The developer is requesting approval for 96 four-bedroom units with a corner restaurant that can also serve as a center for tourism activities, according to the report.  

For the full report, visit shorenewstoday.com.

Eric Sauder February 24, 2014 at 01:30 PM
Here we go with the latest take the money and run scheme. This development will do NOTHING for Ocean City, and in terms of what could have been built at that site, will prove to be nothing but detrimental to the long term viability of the City. What they should be looking at is a facility with conference rooms, motel rooms and shops and restaurants. Something ANYTHING to attract people in the offseason. The only people who benefit from this type of construction are the people that build and sell it. Its another lose lose for Ocean City.
CleanOC February 24, 2014 at 01:51 PM
I agree we need more businesses and facilities that promote the off season but Is a conference room facility and more motel rooms really going to be viable year round? How about waiving property taxes for ten years for anchor businesses such as a Disney or Apple store downtown, or maybe a Panera bread etc.
Eric Sauder February 24, 2014 at 02:54 PM
Its interesting that you mention Disney because word is they wanted to buy up consecutive blocks of Ocean City and build an all season resort here. It was some time ago now (10 Years?) Why it didn't fly I don't know.
vic February 25, 2014 at 08:23 AM
eric,here you go again, changing your comments like the wind. you state in your first comment to this article that "they should be looking at a facility with conference rooms, motel rooms and shops and restaurants". that's exactly what the soliel has a permit for right now, yet in how many of your thousand comments have you used the soliel as an example of a property that developers are just using to make more money in ocean city. in those comments you condemned the soliel, now you state that it's something we need. you just want to criticize everything in ocean city.
vic February 25, 2014 at 08:39 AM
referring to the present permitted use for the soliel as a hotel, in my mind, is a misnomer. in actuality it would be a condotel, similar to the Flanders, Watson's and the Biscayne, where the one and two bedroom units would be owned by individual investors, and the soliel would provide the management for the complex. the biggest problem with the new proposal is the increase in height, which as vigorously opposed by the members of our city council, when the original permit was granted. the amount of parking in the area was also a concern, that's why reserved parking for the flanders hotel, across the street, was agreed to.
Eric Sauder February 25, 2014 at 08:58 AM
Vic you're spreading disinformation. As originally approved (how many years ago?) it would have incorporated some of those elements. It may still house a small restaurant but the plan now is to build nothing but condominiums. Over 90 of them.
Eric Sauder February 25, 2014 at 09:26 AM
I certainly hope they'll kill it but if they do it will be the first time in my memory that they ever said "no" to any form of residential development. The simple fact of the matter is that in the short term Ocean City will be better served by having a parking lot there. And at least it would preserve that land for some future application that might attract people to the island in the off season or otherwise be of some benefit to this community. THAT is what the objective SHOULD be.
vic February 25, 2014 at 10:29 AM
sorry to burst you bubble, eric, but I'm opposed to the proposed changes to the soliel. trying to finance a 4 bedroom condo on the beach, which should sell for over $1M, will not be easy. in addition parking will become impossible because people in a 4 bedroom condo will bring how many cars? finally, people were opposed to the height of the original soliel; do you actually think that they will approve an additional floor. they should leave the soliel the way it is, but add an indoor waterpark. this type of venture has been very successful in other locations, even north wildwood, and will provide year-round usage. the one and two bedroom units will be easier to finance and many investors will just pay cash. it will provide year-round jobs and activity to that part of the boardwalk. I know that the original investors were having a problem obtaining financing for the project, but I don't understand how things will be better with the new proposal.
Eric Sauder February 25, 2014 at 01:15 PM
Good then Vic, we agree. My position is quite clear and has never changed.
Eric Sauder February 25, 2014 at 01:36 PM
(Now we know who is NOT involved in this project.) I don't suppose its much fun being on the dry side of the mountain.
Damon Bready February 25, 2014 at 01:51 PM
There are a few issues with the approved plan of the Soleil Hotel. One being that the season is too short for a Hotel and it's not possible to find a Hotel Operator who believes otherwise. It was originally approved as a condo-tel and in today's market a condo-tel is virtually impossible to finance. With the new proposed plans an investor or 2nd home owner would be able to purchase one of the units with as little as 20% down. Why take away conference business from the Flanders?
Eric Sauder February 25, 2014 at 03:41 PM
I'm aware of that Damon which is why I'm suggesting they keep it as a parking lot until the market changes. And I don't believe that what I'm proposing would take away from Flanders business but enhance it. That's why retail has migrated towards shopping malls. Once they build its over. Which is also true for the few large parcels of commercial land we have left.
Eric Sauder February 25, 2014 at 04:58 PM
The object is to EXTEND the season so it WILL be viable. What you're stating is the economic realty of an exclusive summer retreat. I think Ocean City can be more than that. There's someone running around my neighborhood who is trying to tell anyone who will listen that all is well in Ocean City. I don't see what he sees. I see a town that is losing its population and its businesses. I see a town where there's little commercial investment. I see a town with a community that is declining. I see a town whose facilities and infrastructure is deteriorating. And I think we have to try to DO something about it. Building more and more vacation homes isn't the solution.
Eric Sauder February 25, 2014 at 05:12 PM
You have Flanders on one end and the Port O' Call on the other. If we're ever going develop a block of town for some kind of all season resort, conference center, whatever, this is the place to do it. Someone at one of the community meetings suggested a family resort that is self contained ... that is a destination in and of itself. There are chains that build these kind of resorts. We should be talking to those people. Our focus here is way too narrow. The only thing we THINK about building on a piece of land is vacation homes.
Eric Sauder February 25, 2014 at 05:19 PM
I had to go back and look. Great Wolf Lodge is one of them. Anyone talk to them?
Bill McDonnell February 25, 2014 at 07:32 PM
Eric, think you have bettered you old record. 11 out of 16 comments, damn you love to hear your self, worst part is you believe your own BS. Just because you talk the most does not make you right. Thought you where leaving Patch, remember your rant about that, yet here you are listening to yourself talk.
Eric Sauder February 26, 2014 at 03:33 AM
Actually I was hoping for discourse. I'd like to know what other people think. As for me I said what I had to say.


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