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Ocean City Plans Expansion for Convention Center

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Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City. (Photo:WBOC) Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City. (Photo:WBOC)

OCEAN CITY, Md.- It was a dreary day on Thursday, but the parking lot at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City was still filling up.  Larry Noccolino, executive director for the convention center, will tell you that sometimes it gets a little crowded.

"We have waiting lists for key dates.  Specifically from Sept. 16 to the end of June.  Then we pick up again sometime in July for all four weeks, being taken care of.  There are several groups right now that need additional space," said Noccolino.

There have been several expansions over the past two decades, including a performing arts center.  The Town of Ocean City has now selected a site planner for the next expansion.

Exhibit Hall A would be expanded to the north by 30,000-square-feet.  There will also be a new north entrance to the building and a new public area.

"That would enhance what we have now, and also with the removable walls we are going to put in, we can have multiple groups in A and B hall," said Noccolino.

Just next door to the convention center at the Dough Roller, general manager Andrew Hanna says the convention center is a big help year-round.

"If it wasn't for them, we wouldn't be able to stay open all winter long.  Sometimes it's weekends more than during the week, but they bring things in," Hanna said.

Hanna said an expansion will affect the entire town.

"It's more beneficial to Ocean City in general to have the more things they can bring in," Hanna said. " It would fill up more hotels, all the way around, not just this restaurant."

As for a completion date, nothing is set in stone.  The rough goal is late 2018 into 2019.  Once the site planning is completed, the cost of the project will be known, and that cost would be split 50-50 with the state if approved by the Maryland General Assembly.

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