Demolition Underway for Long Unflattering Mall in Ocean City
Posted: Feb 13, 2018 12:00 AM
By Nicole Edenedo
(OCEAN CITY, Md.) - Work ceased on the demolition of the Ocean Plaza Mall over the weekend due to the rain but eventually the drab piece of concrete will be a thing of the past.
And thankfully so, according to locals.
"Right about now, it looks awful. We all know it. We all see it. It's just an everyday eyesore," said Tracy Codd, an employee at a coffee house located on the same property as the mall.
It's an eyesore that's had a negative impact on the Coffee Beanery, one of the few shops left in the plaza. Steve Marcalus owns the coffee shop and expected more from the property managers when he first moved in six years ago.
"I think the issue is everybody would like to see something here. When I redeveloped this property, which was the Susquehanna bank, we believed that the mall was going to be redeveloped at that time. There was enough interest," the business owner said.
But after years of waiting, still, nothing has come to fruition.
"[Redevelopment] hasn't happened, so obviously my business has been negatively impacted," Marcalus lamented.
The acme and roses stores will remain open at the plaza.
At a recent planning commission meeting, the board says there are no plans to redevelop the property at the moment. Only the mall will be torn down and cleared of the debris to make for a safe environment.
The current stores in the plaza, Acme and Roses, will remain open.
Some locals share what they'd like to see replace the mall.
"It's prime real estate," said Lindsay Kline of Ocean Pines while making a coffee run at the Beanery. "There are always people looking to open new restaurants."
"Rehoboth has that Shell We Bounce, which is like a bounce center. Something fun that families can do together, especially on a rainy day like this," said Lindsey Deacon, who used to work across the street from the mall.
The demolition could take several weeks to finish but the planning commission said the debris should be cleaned up by summer.