Ocean City Landmark To Be Auctioned April 29

Posted on April 15, 2011


The Cropper Concrete plant, which has greeted residents and visitors to Ocean City, Maryland, for as long as I can remember, will be sold at auction on Friday, April 29, at 11 a.m. Bring a $400,000 deposit. The property is owned by the estate of George Bert Cropper.

HISTORIC SITE. Youve never seen this photo on an Ocean City postcard.

The 3.8-acre, bay-front property will be sold as-is, no warranties. It’s zoned M/D, which would likely allow just about any kind of resort development — hotel, motel, condos, townhouses.  I doubt that anyone will buy it with the intention of going into the cement business.

Atlantic Auctions Inc. of Bel Air, MD, describes the property thus: “Prime, highly visible, Bay-front location at the Gateway of Downtown Ocean City, right next to the Route 50 bridge.”

The property comes with engineering plans for a proposed 94-unit “Cropper’s Landing” development (54 townhouses and 40 condos). The site plan has Ocean City Planning Commission approval through November 2012.

George Bert Cropper, a civil engineer, surveyor and builder, died in 2005 at the age of 96. He served in the Army Corps of Engineers and in the Army in Europe during World War II. After the war, Mr. Cropper’s concrete and construction company laid the foundations for and built many of the buildings you see in Ocean City today.

I’ll be sorry to see the concrete plant go. It’s the first thing you see as you cross the Route 50 drawbridge. It’s been there almost forever — since 1949, actually — almost unchanging. The bridge is only a bridge, but the Cropper plant is a landmark. When you see it, you know you’re home! Doesn’t get any more nostalgic than that.

Nevertheless, the plant’s day is in the past. It’s time to go. But Ocean City won’t be the same without it.

— John Hayden

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