The Ocean City housing complex gets $1.1 million. Renovation

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The exterior of Bayview Manor has already been redesigned and interior renovations will follow.

By DONALD WITTKOWSKI

A once drab public housing complex that occupies a prime spot in downtown Ocean City is getting a facelift — inside and out.

The five-story Bayview Manor building owned by the Ocean City Housing Authority has already received a new roof, windows and a new facade to brighten up what had been a drab exterior.

“Outside there has been a huge improvement. It’s a night and day difference. It’s beautiful,” said Bob Barr, a councilman who is also chairman of the housing authority.

Now, the building’s interior from the first to fifth floors will undergo a complete renovation for the first time since Bayview Manor was built in the 1960s to provide affordable housing for residents of Ocean City, Barr said. . The building overlooks West Avenue between Sixth and Seventh Streets in the heart of downtown.

For the second phase of the project, the authority’s seven-member board unanimously awarded a $1.1 million construction contract on Tuesday for interior renovations.

“This building hasn’t been touched inside since it was built,” Barr said of the need for renovations.

The work will include renovations to the lobby, community room, bathrooms, laundry room, janitor room, office and conference room, new flooring, new paint and new handrails in the corridors. Previously, new heating and air conditioning systems were installed in each resident’s units.

“It will be commensurate with what Ocean City is. It will be what residents expect and deserve,” Barr said of transforming the building into an attractive place to live.

New windows and facade improvements were part of Bayview Manor’s exterior upgrades.

Construction is expected to start in early September. Levy Construction Co. Inc., of Oaklyn, NJ, supervised the exterior work of Bayview Manor and followed by submitting the lowest bid to win the interior renovation contract.

“I think the building looks great from the outside. It’s looking really, really good,” Jacqueline Jones, executive director of the housing authority, told council members at their monthly meeting on Tuesday.

The management is also organizing a meeting with a landscape architect for landscaping improvements that will be made in the fall to dress up the exterior even more.

Renovations to the building’s exterior and interior are designed to make Bayview Manor more compatible with the housing authority’s nearly $7 million Speitel Commons complex that opened last year.

The four-story, 32-unit Speitel Building, which provides affordable housing for seniors, has been widely praised for its modern architecture that adds an attractive new touch to Ocean City’s downtown business district.

Once renovations are complete at the nearly 50-unit Bayview Manor, it will share facilities with Speitel Commons in a campus-like setting. Bayview will include a community center for residents of both buildings and offices for the housing authority on the first floor.

From the start, the housing authority wanted its two buildings on West Avenue to blend in with the rest of the surrounding downtown district, an enclave of business, commercial and public buildings that includes the headquarters of the Ottawa Fire Department. Ocean City across the street.

Speitel Commons, built next to Bayview Manor, is an attractive downtown addition.

The city, meanwhile, is funding the $1.1 million contract for interior renovations to Bayview Manor.

In 2019, City Council approved a $6.6 million bond ordinance to build or rehabilitate affordable housing sites for seniors and low-income families. The projects will help Ocean City meet its state-mandated obligation to provide its “fair share” of affordable housing as part of a 2018 court settlement.

Speitel Commons replaced the Ocean City Housing Authority’s Pecks Beach Village seniors’ complex on the north side of Fourth Street. The senior housing section of Pecks Beach Village dated from the 1960s and has since been demolished.

The plan is to use the former Pecks Beach Village senior housing site for a new 60 family affordable housing complex. The existing portion of Pecks Beach Village PMQs on the south side of Fourth Street will be demolished upon completion of the new project on the north side of Fourth Street.

The PMQ project remains at the planning stage, including the alignment of funding sources. Early estimates place the cost at $22-23 million. Construction could possibly begin in 2023 and take around 14 to 18 months, a housing authority consultant said in an earlier interview.

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