OCEAN CITY, MD – (May 16, 2018): Ocean City Development Corporation (OCDC) recently installed its first light as part of the Downtown Alley Lighting Program at The Kite Loft, located at 511 Atlantic Avenue. The light was installed in the rear of the store to help light up Washington Lane, the alleyway that runs parallel to the boardwalk.
The OCDC, in cooperation with the Town of Ocean City and the Ocean City Police Department, created the voluntary pilot program to install new light fixtures along alleyways in downtown Ocean City. The intent of the program is to heighten crime prevention and also improve public safety for pedestrians and bicyclists by lighting up the alleyways.
The first phase of the pilot program is targeting Washington Lane, between 4th and 10th Streets, which was identified by the police department as a priority after reviewing calls for service trends. Business owners that qualify for this program will be reimbursed by OCDC up to 50 percent of the cost of purchase and installation of light fixtures, up to a maximum of $500.
“We are happy to see that The Kite Loft participated in this great crime prevention program,” commented OCPD Patrol Commander, Captain Michael Colbert. “We’re confident that this new light will have an impact on the calls for service in that area and will make pedestrians and bicyclists feel much safer.”
In order to qualify for reimbursement, the property must abut Washington Lane, between 4th and 10th Streets, and the fixture must be an LED energy efficient light and comply with Town of Ocean City standards. Participation is first come, first served until funds have been expended. Business owners interested in the program should contact OCDC at 410-289-7739 or [email protected].