What do you want to see in the 94th Street Plaza?

What do you want to see in the 94th Street Plaza?


Demolition of the long-abandoned Ocean Plaza Mall, formerly sandwiched between Rose’s and ACME in the 94th Street bayside shopping plaza, began around this time last year. Now the ground has been leveled, and in the old mall’s place is just a gravel lot and a chainlink fence. It’s a blank slate.

David Donato, the Senior Vice President of the group that manages the site, Continental Realty Corporation, told the Dispatch in Feb. 2018, “We would love to redevelop this site, but there are some challenges right now… This demolition work is not a signal that something new is imminent.”

Rose’s and ACME remain open, and there hasn’t been any news of what might replace the old mall since its demolition. 

We drove by the site on Wednesday, Feb. 6, and took a quick Facebook Live, asking, “What would you like to see the old mall on 94th street become?” We received 158 comments in response. 


The general consensus on Facebook seems to be that no one wants a chain restaurant or hotel (for the most part), and that most people would like to see some kind of entertainment complex or green space.

Some of the responses we really agreed with. Others we chuckled at. Some made us scratch our heads. If future developers want to make the people of Ocean City happy, all they really have to do is post a question on Facebook. “What do you want to see here?”

Here’s what you want to see in this spot:

An aquarium and animal rescue center
A big, wonderful lazy river with swim-up bars
“A 20 story parking lot so people will finally stop complaining about no where to park” (Wouldn’t that be an eyesore, though?)
A new state-of-the-art bowling alley with a pub
A park with walking trails
An indoor/outdoor waterpark
Somewhere to go when it rains, like a Dave & Buster’s or a Sky Zone trampoline park
A new mall 
A flea market (The empty Ocean Plaza Mall actually housed a flea market for a short period)
An indoor playground
A dinner theater like Medieval Times
A sports complex/Rec center
A farmer’s market
A kids’ entertainment center
“Let nature take back the land”
A Rainforest Cafe
Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville
A Trader Joe’s
Another Playland Amusements
An air strip
A petting zoo
Thrashers (maybe a super-sized Thrashers?)
A skating rink
Something like Myrtle Beach’s Barefoot Landing
A big combined Candy Kitchen/Sunsations (wait, was this a joke?)
A Bass Pro Shop
“Jail for H2O people”

Our friends on Facebook are a creative bunch. What would you like to see in the 94th Street Plaza?


7 Comments on this Post

  1. Heather Lynch

    We need jobs in this area!! Year-round ones!! Something like yes an aquarium and animal rescue. I believe this would really benefit OUR HOME TOWN!!!!

    • Carol Bondyra

      I have heard that a Cracker Barrel restaurant is coming to 94th street plaza. Is this true?

  2. mary farnum

    food court flea market fresh produce stands bake shop

  3. Great story with a lot of history ..I used to work at Roses back in the day and you could have tons of fun in the mall…Pizza shop,book store.music store,shoe store,arcade and one of the first Dollar Tree stores..Just to name a few

  4. Lazy river with kid friendly activities like sides pools etc.. and adult swim up bar! Indoor activities too for rain days

  5. Jason Craig

    I like the idea of the parking garage, yes it could be an eyesore, but parking is so limited in Ocean City. You invite your family to your condo and you have to go find them parking and they either have to take the bus, walk or we go get them as the Condo only gives you one spot, understandably so in the season. They could build a parking garage and dress up the outside to resemble a hotel or some type of more attractive building. They could still put stores on the first floor. Yes I have seen parking garages built over businesses. And then it would be a good place for buses to stop and you can get to where you need to go. More then likely though it will end up some retail/condo complex.

  6. Jonathan Hart

    My grandparents / uncle have owned a house for 50 years that is across from the 94th street plaza. Here is some trivia, did you know 94th street has been moved and it is not in the original place? The area where the parking lot is now was a dune area where people would take their 4wd trucks. 94th Street did not have a stop light at one time. Originally there was a plan for 3 Pyramids. 94th Street at the bay was an awesome crabbing site. Before Sunsations there was a 94th Street Market. Baileys 94th St 5 and Dime was also there.
    What ever goes there needs to be respectful of the Little Salisbury Community.


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