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Second Street tram facility design presented

Schedule changed to allow city to collect parking fees through summer season
By Greg Ellison | Jan 05, 2018
Photo by: Greg Ellison Public Works Director Hal Adkins presented design plans for a new transit facility on Second Street during the City Council meeting on Tuesday.

(Jan. 5, 2018) Timing the launch of construction on the proposed Second Street transit facility to avoid losing summer parking revenue was the chief concern when the City Council approved design plans for the project on Tuesday.

Public Works Director Hal Adkins said the intent is to relocate trams and beach-cleaning equipment currently housed at “Whiteside,” a metal building on North Division Street, to the 35,500-square-foot lot on St. Louis Avenue, between Second and Third streets, that the city acquired last year for parking.

Adkins and Dan Dashiell, senior project manager, contracted with Westminster-based Morgan Design Group for plans for a roughly 19,500-square-foot building with 31 parking spaces at the location, which is bordered by Dayton Lane on the east.

In addition to the Transportation Committee, the Ocean City Development Corporation was consulted during the design process and offered recommendations on its exterior design, Adkins said.

“I feel safe in saying we addressed every concern that OCDC brought to our attention and this was the end result,” he said.

Contingent on council approving the design plans, Adkins said a pre-bid meeting was scheduled for the next day with bid openings set for Jan. 30.

“I’ll be polite and say we got into some design concerns but we are finally ready and able to go to bid,” he said.

Due to the delays, Adkins said the original goal to begin construction last fall was not met and that will push the completion date back even farther. Based on a 255-day construction schedule, if bids were awarded this winter, the project would wind down next November.

“Why do I want to finish in November when I really don’t need occupancy until the following spring,” he said. “Can I adjust the schedule where I can still meet my occupancy goal for May of 2019 while still capturing revenue at Second Street?”

By delaying the construction until after summer 2018, Adkins said the city would avoid losing approximately $35,000 in parking revenue at the Second Street location.

Councilman Wayne Hartman questioned the inclusion of a section of flat roofing on the building portion facing Dayton Lane.

“It looks like an addition already to a new building,” he said.

Concerned over aesthetics with adjacent properties primed for redevelopment, Hartman asked for an addendum to add a pitched roof to that portion.

Adkins said he would consult with project architect Jeff Morgan to accommodate the suggestion.

Although still proposing to hold the pre-bid meeting this week, Adkins envisions other potential advantages arising from the delay in awarding the bid.

“By still having the pre-bid meeting tomorrow, but pushing the actual bid opening date up further, I think I can attract some more bidders,” he said.

By delaying the start of construction until after Sept. 3, Adkins said the city would also save approximately $75,000 to replace tennis courts on Third Street, which were built with Maryland Project Open Space funds. This September a 20-year agreement with the state mandating relocation of the courts expires.

“So literally come Sept. 4, they can hit the ground running and watch it grow out of the ground,” he said.

The council agreed to hold the pre-bid meeting this week, have the flat roof portion altered and to go with the adjusted construction schedule suggested by Adkins.

Based on the adjusted project schedule, Adkins said the Second Street facility could open for Summer 2019, at which point the metal building used to house trams downtown could be removed to create 73 parking spaces, which would generate approximately $91,000 in annual revenue at the North Division Street location.

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