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FACELIFT: Renovations under way at uptown shopping center include new façade and storefronts

(Jan. 11, 2013) With new management in place, the Ocean City Square, located between 118th and 120th streets bayside, is currently undergoing renovations to give the shopping center a major facelift.

“It will have a more clean, modern updated look,” said on-site property manager Randall Coburn.

Ocean City Square, constructed in 1983, was built to serve residents who live in the northern end of the resort as well as visitors, and it continues to do so, according to Coburn.

“It’s one of the oldest and largest shopping centers on the island and we’re not going anywhere,” Coburn said. “We’re just a stable center.”

The shopping center includes national and international businesses such as Food Lion, Dunkin Donuts, Burger King, Minuteman Press, Sherwin-Williams and Long & Foster Real Estate.

It also has a number of local businesses, including Paws & Claws, Whisker’s Pub, Jules Restaurant, Sam’s Bar-

ber Shop, Dolle’s Candyland and O.C. Nails.

Coburn was chosen in March to manage the more than 101,000-square-foot pro-

perty on 9.66 acres. Renovations, which will cost approximately $500,000, were put on hold until after the busy summer tourist season and the fall.

Phase 1 of the renovation project began Dec. 1. The dark brown wood below the red roof is being replaced with Dryvit siding. The Exterior Insulation and Finishing System (EIFS) provides exterior walls with an insulated finished surface and waterproofing in an integrated composite material system.

The wood surrounding the storefronts is in the process of being replaced by glass and aluminum framing. From the ground up, the businesses will feature all-glass fronts.

“It gives [the shopping center] more brightness. It’s more inviting,” said Long & Foster’s Lisa Coleman, the leasing agent for the property.

Tenants will also get new signage. The box signs are being replaced by channel-letter signs, which have a 3D appearance.

Phase 1 should be completed by the end of February, weather permitting. Busi-

nesses will remain open during renovations.

Phase 2, which will include landscaping and lighting upgrades, is scheduled to begin in the spring.

Retail, office and medical space is available in the shopping center. Sizes range from 600 to 4,850 square feet and  the shopping center has more than 650 parking spaces. Coleman said the landlord is negotiable and flexible with rent and is offering great incentives.

“Ideal tenants would be a high-end furniture store or a high-end clothing store, and I’d love to have a card shop back or a news center. A beer and wine shop would be fabulous to have,” Coleman said. “Another restaurant would be great. Maybe Mexican or Italian? We’re looking for year-round businesses.”

Business owners interested in renting space in the shopping center should call Coleman at 410-524-1700.

The Ocean City Square Shopping Center, located bayside between 118th and 120th streets, is under renovation. Upgrades include a façade facelift and new signage. Also, the dark brown wood will be removed and the storefronts will be all glass.

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