Ocean City buys million dollar property to expand water treatment plant
OCEAN CITY, Md. – The first ordinance was passed for Ocean City to purchase the World Gym property to use for a New Water Treatment Plant.
Town officials tell 47 ABC there are three water treatment plants in the area. But the one they want to replace with this new property is close to 60 years old. They say the city bought the property from Wells Fargo Bank for close to $1.2 million.
“It’s getting near the end of its useful life. There’s no room for expansion. There’s no room for things such as long range planning for desalinization, should we face chloride level issues. So it was a wise move,” said Hal Adkins, the Public Works director for Ocean City. “When the project is all said and done it’s basically a legacy project for the future generation of the town of ocean city for many years to come.”
Adkins adds that the council is expected to hear and vote on the second reading of this new ordinance on Monday December 17th. He says if all goes well, they should break ground for the new water treatment plant within the next five years.