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Marriott Hotel Causes Concern with Neighbors in Ocean City

Posted: Jul 06, 2017 10:20 AM Updated:
The Residence Inn by Marriott in Ocean City (Photo: WBOC) The Residence Inn by Marriott in Ocean City (Photo: WBOC)

OCEAN CITY, Md.- It's been three years since ground first broke on the Residence Inn by Marriott just off of Route 90 in Ocean City. Several setbacks on the project have left neighbors in the Trader's Cove neighborhood concerned with what to expect next.

"This site was totally unstable. There was sand blowing around. We literally had gallons of sand in our gutter. And that never happened before," said Sallyanne Bianchetta, a nearby property owner.

She also said that there's problem about parking in the area. She's concerned that there won't be enough space for cars once the hotel opens.

The Trader's Cove resident's frustration also builds because they're not sure who to take their issues to. They said that they aren't getting straight answers.

"We've never had communication with the in's of Ocean City. Except for a letter I wrote and the president of the association before me and it was just we'll get to it when we get to it," Bianchetta said.

Other neighbors in the area say that the issue with parking is still up in the air.

"Since it isn't open, we haven't really had a problem yet because we don't know what the parking situation will be. It could turn out to be okay," John Murray said.

But, the project's owner and president of Atlantic Planning and Development, Jeff Thaler, assured that everything is up to code when it comes to parking.

"Once the project is complete, it'll be a great addition to Ocean City," Thaler said.

A big issue for the city has been the north-facing facade being too plain for a town gateway. It was agreed upon that a mural would cover it.

However, the owner's site representative, James Mitchell, and contracting company, Whiting-Turner, disagreed with the time period that it would take to be completed. Mitchell said it would take a couple of weeks. Whiting-Turner said that it will be at least a month until they are able to put it up.

The Residence Inn by Marriott is still scheduled to open by the end of the year.

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