ATLANTIC CITY — The Atlantic City Transportation Center, located along the Black Horse Pike, has added boat storage to its list of services.

With the declining casino industry and convention business, owner Ole Hansen & Sons Inc. decided to find a new use for empty land at the site. Transportation center manager Wayne Halek said that the bus lot is permitted to hold as many as 577 buses, but has seen a steady decline in traffic.

For 25 years, the center, also known as Bus World, has been the only licensed parking lot where bus drivers can park, eat and relax while patrons visit the resort, said David Goddard, company president and CEO.

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The plan for the additional services includes a boat-launching and storage site, he said.

City records show the site will have two floating docks, boat-lifting equipment, a boat fueling station and a maintenance facility.

Goddard said that lifting equipment will handle as much as 35 tons, or a 60- to 70-foot boat. The site can accommodate in excess of 200 boats.

In December, the city’s Zoning Board of Adjustment approved the company’s application, in which the company lists the decline of bus service to the resort as a reason to support the boating services. The state Department of Environmental Protection approved permits March 27.

The boatyard was initially set to open in April, but is now looking at an opening day in the beginning of May, Goddard said.

Before casino gambling came to Atlantic City, the lot was a tug boat and construction base facility owned by the Hansen family, according to city records.

A dozen self-storage buildings and office space for the company are planned for the site, according to the application submitted to the Zoning Board.

Goddard said those projects are in the works and still need further approval, but the focus is to get the boatyard up and running.

He added the company had a presence at the recent boat show in Atlantic City and recently launched its website,

The full-service site will be able to lift boats and store them year-round. It will also provide fuel and a cafe for visitors, Goddard said. There will not be in-water slips for overnight visitors.

“We see the grand opening of the Atlantic City boatyard as an exciting step in the revitalization of this area,” Goddard said. “We not only will be providing a much-needed service to boaters in the area, but also plan to run great family activities like fishing tournaments and a boat rental business in our first season.”

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