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An Ocean City condominium complex often inundated by stormwater will be getting a lift – literally – to elevate it above flood levels.
The city has been awarded a $3 million federal grant to raise the seven-building Ocean Aire condos at 43rd Street and West Avenue in the south end of town.
“This is monumental. To my knowledge, this has never been done before on the East Coast,” City Council President Bob Barr said of the elevation of so many buildings.
A construction contractor hired by Ocean Aire will pick up each building off the ground and then will erect a massive cinder block nine feet high underneath. The buildings will be placed on top of the cinder blocks to raise them above flood levels.