Morey’s, AW Resorts Closer to Beachfront Hotel Projects

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Looks like a thaw in the current economic freeze with Morey’s Piers and WB Resorts Development both announcing plans to build scaled back hotel projects, one across from the beach and the other on the Boardwalk.

Morey’s will build a six-story, $10 million hotel to be known as the Grand Wildwoodian at the foot of Rio Grande Avenue, merging with the company’s current Starlux Hotel to create a 140-unit that will include a banquet hall, indoor and outdoor pools, and a 124-seat restaurant on the ground floor.

Construction should begin next year, and the Grand Wildwoodian could open by 2013. The project was originally announced as a 25-story hotel, but has obviously been scaled back.

AW Resorts Development, a partnership between Andy Weiner, managing partner of Splash Zone Waterpark and partner of Gateway 26, Brian Baratz of the accounting firm Baratz & Associates, and his son, David Baratz, director of operations and marketing at Splash Zone, has moved a step closer to developing the former Seaport Pier site at 22nd Avenue and the Boardwalk into a hotel and possible waterpark with an agreement with the state Department of Environmental Protection, which was approved by North Wildwood City Council, to relocate three dunes that were built during the 2009 beach replenishment project.

The project will be smaller than the originally announced 90,000 square foot pirate-themed waterpark that would connect to a 16-story hotel with over 400 rooms and a 850-space parking garage.

New hotels mean new jobs, and an increased Wildwood presence as a tourist destination. Go to it, guys!