Ocean City Today

Wrecking ball about to call on 94th St. mall

By Greg Ellison | Feb 08, 2018
Photo by: Greg Ellison The wrecking ball begins to rip into the back side of the Ocean Plaza Mall on 94th Street on Thursday afternoon.

(Feb. 9, 2018) The mostly abandoned Ocean Plaza Mall on 94th Street should be a forgotten eyesore before summer as crews prepare to demolish the structure situated between the Acme Market and Rose’s.

David Donato, Continental Realty senior vice president, said extensive interior preparations are being completed before he summons the wrecking ball,

“The mall itself has been vacant for years,” he said.

Aesthetic and safety concerns are the primary factors behind the tear-down, Donato said.

“It’s not a super-long process and everything will be done before [tourist] season,” he said.

At this stage, no specific build plans have been established, Donato said.

“Right now, there is nothing planned beyond demolishing just the mall building,” he said. “Acme and Rose’s will be unaffected.”

He also said adjacent freestanding establishments — Blue Fish, the Coffee Beanery and BB&T Bank will remain open for business.

Before future development can occur, Donato said an agreement must be reached with Acme Market, whose long-term lease mandates their approval of future tenants.

“Lease discussions are ongoing with Acme,” he said.


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