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OC Juice Shack gets nod for 122nd St. location from city

Oct 19, 2017

(Oct. 20, 2017) OC Juice Shack is expanding operations north, following the Planning and Zoning Commission’s approval Tuesday night of a site plan to renovate the former Bank of Ocean City branch on 122nd Street.

“The site is ready to go as is, because they’re going to utilize the interior bars the bank had as much as possible to fit their needs,” said Zoning Analyst Frank Hall.

Berlin Organics and OC Juice Shack owner Paul Carlotta plans to turn the 1,323-square-foot building into a carry-out restaurant where he would serve patrons his trademark smoothies.

The juice bar will also find a new use for the building’s drive-thru.

“The drive-thru is one of the more interesting things about this sight. It may be used for a picnic table area, but they’re going to see how it plays out,” Hall said. “It would be for casual seating, not service. Customers would still have to walk in, get a smoothie and sit outside.”

There would be landscaping and fencing along the west side of the property, near the drive-thru to screen the outdoor seating area from the residential area.

Entrances and exits would be on Coastal Highway, as the Georgia Avenue entrance would be closed for dumpster storage. Several commission members pushed Carlotta to reopen the side street entrance.

“It’s a 19-foot driveway. Side street access is always the forefront of our minds, because of the pedestrians on Coastal Highway are walking the wrong way or on their cell phones, not paying attention,” acting Commission Chairman Peck Miller said. “If there’s any way to push the dumpster with the landscaped area, I think it’d be better for the neighborhood.”

Hall pointed out that the State Highway Administration agreed to the Coastal Highway entrances and exits, but it would be possible to reopen Georgia Avenue at the expense of the seating area.

But Carlotta said that he had a vision for the site.

“We wanted to create a four-feet space for green space,” he said. “There’s an incredible amount of foot traffic for the drive-thru. Even if we close off that area and with the dumpster there, we cannot stop the foot traffic. I would have to create a walkway.”

That said, the commissioners voted 6-0 to approve the change in use for the property, with the recommended landscaping and fence around the dumpster and along the property line. Commission Chairwoman Pam Buckley was absent.

“I’ve seen what you’ve done downtown,” Commission member Joel Brous said to Carlotta. “I think you’ll do a great job here.”

 

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