A couple of weeks ago, Hard Rock International decided not to make a $1 million payment to the state to embark on a new casino-hotel project in Atlantic City. The money was to be used for investigations to determine if a license should be granted to Hard Rock.
It was stated at the time that there was a lack of financial involvement for the project. Most people realize that it is very difficult to get financial institutions and investors to develop an Atlantic City casino at this time.
When queried about the possibility of a future casino here, Jim Allen, chief executive officer of the Seminole Tribe’s Hard Rock, said he never said “no” to the possibility of doing it in the future. It all depends on the availability of financing. Allen said if, and when, money does become available, he would be very interested in resurrecting the project and developing it.
Eyesore to be razed at last
Atlantic City Council has approved demolition of two abandoned apartment houses on Lincoln Place. This is a long-overdue announcement. A major cause for the delay has been the problem with asbestos. That has been resolved, and Casino Reinvestment Development Authority funds for demolition have been made available for the removal of these unsightly buildings.
Residents of the Enclave Condominiums will be delighted to know that demolition should begin before the end of this month.
The big question that remains is, when will they see the apartment complex at Boardwalk and Lincoln Place be demolished? Information provided to this column is that it will take place when the two apartment buildings behind it have been demolished.
With the CRDA funding, quite a few additional housing units that are in dire condition should be demolished over the winter months.
Mayor Lorenzo Langford told me that he made a proposition to the CRDA to exchange land it owns on the site where Piggy’s Bar had been located, at South Carolina and Arctic avenues, with land owned by the city. He said that he had developers willing to build homes on that site at a reasonable price.
Boardwalk panel update
I’m happy to report to you the Boardwalk Hall Light Show had more than 100,000 viewers since the July 4 weekend, when it was unveiled. Unfortunately, this column received several emails inquiring as to what happened to the show.
A call to Liza Cartmell, CEO of the Atlantic City Alliance, brought the answer to the queries. The explanation noted that the show was closed for technical maintenance and that a sign has been erected to inform the public. No date has been set for its return, but it is expected to be soon.
You may not have noticed a countdown clock has been installed in the front of Boardwalk Hall that indicates the number of minutes until the next show. The show continues to amaze the public.
The Special Improvement Division will have its ambassadors continue to clean under the Boardwalk throughout the winter. They have removed about 2,650 bags of trash from under the Boardwalk.
The Boardwalk’s comfort stations at Caspian, New Hampshire and Albany avenues closed Sept. 30. The new hours for the remaining comfort stations are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Barton-Kingston Avenue Boardwalk Park has received its sod as well as native plants. Go take a look at the beautiful job that was done at that site. It shows how talented the folks from the SID are in putting parks together. The next ugly site to be beautified is at Florida and Pacific avenues.
Preparations for the installation of Christmas decorations throughout the city are under way. It is anticipated this will be the nicest Atlantic City has looked at the holiday season in many years. There will also be the return of the Christmas parade that will start in the inlet and continue on Atlantic Avenue to Michigan Avenue, turning into The Walk. Look for bright lights at all the entrances to the city and on the Boardwalk.
The Ambassador program, under the direction of Tom Burns, continues to document quality-of-life issues, directions, 911 calls and mercantile violations at a greatly increased rate as compared to the same period in 2011. Of course, that was expected, as there are many more Ambassadors than there were last year. The public continues to make positive remarks about the excellent work being done by the Ambassadors and the Class II police officers.
The ACA plans to subsidize special events to get shoppers to visit Atlantic City on a “shopping holiday.” The ACA’s website will contain a comprehensive list of all the shopping available at The Walk, on the Boardwalk and on avenue stores. Any retail unit in the city need only contact the ACA to be listed.
The ACA will hold a public meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Dante Hall, next to St. Michael’s Church, on North Mississippi Avenue. Those in attendance will be given an update on the varied programs that will be available through the fall and the forthcoming winter season.
A special program will be set up from Thanksgiving to Christmas that will entice visitors to do their holiday shopping in Atlantic City. The program will be unveiled at that time. If you are in the retail industry, you will want to be at that meeting.
For the first time, agencies that deal with homelessness have been sitting at a table to come up with the best plan to handle the situation. Included in the talks are social agencies, city, county and state officials, the Atlantic City Rescue Mission, the John Brooks Institute and Sister Jean’s Kitchen.
Local law-enforcement agencies are teaming up with other cities to create a program for fighting violence.
Inquiries have been made with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to obtain a piece of the steel from the twin towers that were decimated on Sept. 11, 2001; if it is obtained it would be installed at Jackson Avenue and the Boardwalk in the area dedicated to the memory of the two locals who lost their lives at that time.
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