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BZA approves exception to bring Bad Monkey to West OC

Existing building to come down, copy of 58th Street location planned for site
By Brian Gilliland | Feb 15, 2018
Photo by: Brian Gilliland The 58th Street location

(Feb. 16, 2018) An empty former sushi and seafood buffet along Ocean Gateway is planned to become the resort’s second John Fager-owned Bad Monkey restaurant within a couple of years, after the Board of Zoning Appeals approved an exception and variance to allow the development.

Fager, owner of Fager’s Island among other properties in and around Ocean City, told the board the idea was to raze the existing building and replace it with a carbon copy of the Bad Monkey Bar and Grill on 58th Street.

He said he was pleased with the overall look of the building, which has a retail shop and bakery on the first floor, with the bar and grill on the second, but needed a zoning variance to place it on the site, because it encroaches on the required setback.

The sign, also planned to be a copy of the existing one within the resort, required a zoning exception because of its design features.

“Our building pretty much sits on the footprint of the lot,” Fager said. “We expect to hire 30 people, and be open year-round.”

The resort’s Bad Monkey Bar and Grill is seasonal, currently closed and expected to reopen in March, according to its website.

Attorney Joe Moore showed the board previous examples of similar exceptions being granted in the past. One of these, Moore demonstrated, was granted to the Town of Ocean City for the Park and Ride facility itself.

Based on the evidence, the board unanimously agreed to allow the variance and exception.

With these approvals, the project can advance to the county planning commission for site plan review. However, Jennifer Keener, county zoning administrator said no plans for this project have yet been submitted for review.

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