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Berlin apartment complex concept reviewed


By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Aug. 20, 2020) The Berlin Planning Commission reviewed a concept plan to develop a luxury apartment community at Arden Center on North Main Street in walking distance to the Berlin Town Center. Attorney Joseph Moore and John Salm, the engineer and co-owner of the 7.21-acre property on the east side… Read more »

Berlin mayor and council approve rezoning

•Former Harley Davidson property

By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Aug. 13, 2020) The Berlin Mayor and Council agreed that rezonings were in order for two properties Monday, following findings by the Berlin Planning Commission that mistakes had been made in the original zonings. The first case was to rezone the property at 10712 Ocean Gateway from B-1 Town Center… Read more »

Berlin’s Summer Sidewalk Sale to offer markdowns

•Patty Jean's 2

By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Aug. 13, 2020) The Summer Sidewalk Sale, Berlin’s longest running event, having begun more than six decades ago, is expected to bring hundreds of visitors and residents downtown Aug. 14-16 to take advantage of discounts. Ivy Wells, the town’s economic and community development director, said stores have been putting racks… Read more »

Historic district protocols amendment to town code


By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Aug. 13, 2020) The Berlin Historic District Commission hopes to amend the town’s historic district code to be sure the public is informed about the obligations associated with buying a property in  the district. “We had some pretty unpleasant situations for the people purchasing … and I never thought it… Read more »

Three requests approved by Historic District Commission

•Burley Cafe

By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Aug. 13, 2020) The Berlin Historic District Commission unanimously approved three requests for signs and a storage shed for downtown businesses during its meeting on Aug. 5. The commission first met with a representative of Burley Café, Matt Burrier, to discuss signs for the rebranding of the property at 17… Read more »

Berlin BZA approves carport variance request on Baker St.

•1971 VW Beetle

By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Aug. 13, 2020) The Berlin Board of Zoning Appeals last Wednesday unanimously agreed to grant a variance that will allow a proposed carport and a shed to be built at 7 Baker St. Homeowners Douglas and Suzanne Parks requested the accessory building to protect their 1971 Volkswagen Beetle. “Plus, we… Read more »

Project halted for buildings on Pitts Street in Berlin

•Rendering of Corner Pitts and Main

By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer Ocean City Today and Bayside Gazette erroneously reported that Fisher Architecture was the contract purchaser of properties on Pitts and Main Streets as well as which companies Frank Willing and Chris Davis represented in last week’s paper. Corrections have been made to the article to reflect the most accurate information. (Aug…. Read more »

Recovery program gives Wor. Arts Council benefits in July

•Anna Mullis headshot

By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Aug. 6, 2020) The Worcester County Arts Council was one of five nonprofits to be selected for $1,000 of customized consulting and benefits geared toward pandemic recovery through the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore’s new Nonprofit Pandemic Recovery Technical Assistance Program announced on Facebook on July 22. The pilot… Read more »

Burn in Berlin closes indoor dining


By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (July 30, 2020) Burn Wood Fired Pizza announced on Facebook on Monday that it would be closing indoor dining because of a spike in positive cases of coronavirus in Worcester County. “It was a tough decision to make, but we felt like it was necessary,” said owner Vincent Sebastian. As… Read more »

Berlin celebrates Christmas in July

•Heart of Gold Kids

By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (July 23, 2020) The Town of Berlin in partnership with local businesses is hosting Christmas in July downtown until Sunday. Economic & Community Development Director Ivy Wells said all the shops and restaurants are celebrating in their own way. A sidewalk sale is among the festivities that began on July… Read more »