Ocean City Today

Groundbreaking of Cambria Resort takes place at site

Hotel being constructed adjacent to Rt. 50 bridge
By Kara Hallissey | Feb 22, 2018
Cambria Resort and Conference Center, which is being constructed adjacent to the Route 50 bridge, celebrated its groundbreaking at the site on First Street last Thursday afternoon with the owners, architect, local town officials, contractors and developers in attendance.

(Feb. 23, 2018) Cambria Resort and Conference Center, being constructed adjacent to the Route 50 bridge, celebrated its groundbreaking last Thursday afternoon with the owners, architect, resort officials, contractors and developers in attendance.

“The project is one that I have been looking forward to for a very long time,” Keith Fisher, founder of Fisher Architecture, said in an email. “It is the front door to Ocean City, so to be fortunate enough to be a part of it is an incredible honor.

“We feel this development will have a positive ripple effect on the entire downtown community,” he added. “It is a statement that you have arrived in town and a symbol of a vibrant, bright and striking place to visit.”

The hotel is designed to be an eight-and-a-half story structure with 131 rooms, in addition to space for a restaurant, indoor and outdoor pools and a rooftop bar area.

“The restaurant is currently designed to be a two-story, 5,000-square-foot structure with a large outdoor area and elevated deck spaces,” Fisher said. “This is in addition to the rooftop bar area that will be an incredible viewing platform. There is an open deck on the south side of the top floor that will allow expansive views of the bay, Assateague Island and the inlet.”

The $17.5 million hotel is projected to open next summer.

“We worked with city officials to make sure the sidewalks are widened, so that in future developments adjacent to ours walkability to the beach will be easy and comfortable for pedestrians,” Fisher said, adding the bayside boardwalk would “link the south restaurants all the way to the Lazy Lizard.”

The project took about 18 months to get started. Plans were drawn up and a number of meetings occurred, including with the Ocean City Development Corporation. The nonprofit helped with development standards and planning for the pedestrian boardwalk.

The site was originally zoned for a concrete plant, which needed to be amended before development. In addition, developers had to get approval from the planning commission and then began working on the building permit package.

“Given the height, we had to meet the requirements within the zoning code,” Fisher said. “The developers were aware of this building’s impact on the immediate local environment and made sure the hotel was positioned as far away from the east and the north property lines. We also have increased landscape setbacks that are proportionate to the building’s height.”

It was important to not over develop the site and provide open space for hotel guests to enjoy, he added.

“When planning the hotel, we worked with officials to make sure certain view corridors were maintained when traveling over the bridge,” Fisher said. “Our firm produced images of the view from various angles and positions on the bridge looking northeast. We also produced a shadow study that maintained the site would hold the majority of the shadow within its own borders.”

Project owner Tauhid Islam, a partner of developing firm PINNacle Solutions, explained at the groundbreaking how he interned at a hotel in Ocean City during the 1990s and was constantly trying to make the resort town his home after graduation.

“This project will be a new standard for other hotels in the region and it will be the visual icon for visitors associating it with ‘I’m now on vacation,’” Fisher said. “We are excited about the full economic impact of this project, the immediate job creation of over 150 construction team members, then the size of the hotel staff and management for many years to come.”

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