Future Eight-Story Bayside Hotel Draws Mixed Reactions from Locals
The Cambria Hotel coming is slated to be the tallest building on the bayside, according to the developers, Choice Hotels International, Inc.
Renderings show the main eight-story building will overlook the bay and will be the first sight people see heading east on the Route 50 bridge.
A soaring sight some residents have mixed feelings about.
"It's about the same height as the water tower and I think it blends pretty welll with the skyline," said Charlotte Nash, a bayside resident.
Ethan Cook, another bayside tenet, had a different opinion.
"Mixed feelings. We would like to see it more as a community and I feel stuff like that doesn't go in that direction," said Cook.
Cooke said his family home has already been negatively impacted by taller buildings going up in front of their property now obstructing their bayfront view.
"The old house got torn down and I think my parents were really happy to finally have that full bayview. And then this went up shortly after. But it's all about developing and moving forward," Cook said.
The property will have a 133-room hotel, a rooftop restaurant and bar and other amenities, a good investment for the community according to Nash.
"It sounds like fun. I think this side of town needs something besides what's on the boardwalk."
The 2,200-square foot property will have 133 rooms available and should be complete by summer 2019.
Ocean City's Cambria Hotel will be one among 38 hotels in the brand's chain around the country.