“I think we identified clear next steps:” OC leaders trying to find solutions for seasonal workforce housing issue

OCEAN CITY, Md. – A need for more seasonal workforce housing it’s been a critical issue in Ocean City, but the OC Chamber of Commerce alongside Holtz Builders have been getting their hands dirty.

Trying to find the best solution for the problem.

“The city, the town of Ocean City is actually in need of seasonal workforce housing for their public service agents, for season workforce that joins the town in order to keep this a vibrant welcoming community for the visitors,” Lachelle Scarleto, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, said.

In, a Council meeting Tuesday the chamber and Holtz Builders rolled out their project plans to create dormitory style housing that includes amenities for laundry to a community gathering space and kitchen space.

Councilman Tony Deluca said it’s a conversation that was needed and a step in the right direction.

“I think we really made some great ground, I think we identified clear next steps,” Tony DeLuca, Ocean City Councilman, said. “I think we are going to preliminary look at 94th street- we are going to look into 100th street, we are going to look at park and ride, we are going to have a meeting with the model block.”

The Ocean City Chamber of Commerce explains that while they are looking at 5 possible options where housing could go there are challenges they need to keep in mind.

“Indeed, we are in a hurricane zone as we call it so our building code, building out having to elevate the buildings in many instances certainly takes a little longer and at times can be more costly,” Scarleto said.

And, while this meeting was one step forward to finding a solution for more workforce housing there’s still a lot of work that needs to be done – and more discussions that need to be brought to the table.

” Being fully transparent in the opportunities that have been presented to us here as a community that we can really find a solution to what is likely the greatest challenge facing the business community in ocean city today,” Scarleto said.

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