Aerial Bader

Atlantic City has received proposals for its former municipal airport, Bader Field, from a former owner of the Atlantic City Surf, the owner of the former Revel, a Brick organization called Pipe Dream Development Group, and a Long Branch group called Bader Field Development LLC.

Dale Gerhard / staff photographer

ATLANTIC CITY — The city received four proposals for the redevelopment of Bader Field this month, including one from the original owner of the Atlantic City Surf baseball team and another from the owner of the former Revel casino.

The request for proposals was issued earlier this month and bids were due at 11 a.m. Monday.

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Bader Field, the 143-acre plot of land and former municipal airport along Route 40 near Chelsea Heights, has been the site of a variety of proposed projects, bids and potential sales for the past 20 years.

City Council approved a resolution July 11 authorizing a request for proposals to purchase and redevelop the land.

Frank Boulton, the former owner of the Surf and current owner of the Long Island Ducks professional baseball team, submitted one proposal for the development of Surf Stadium, which sits at the site of Bader Field.

The Surf, which were part of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, played their home games at the stadium until 2006 before ceasing operations in 2009.

Boulton’s proposal includes only development of the stadium, he said in an interview Monday.

“My goal is to assist in returning professional baseball to Atlantic City,” he said. “It’s an asset that’s being underused.”

Boulton said he has visited the site on several occasions and met with city officials to discuss a path he has to return baseball to the city. He said he has gotten interest from people who want to buy a team to play there.

The stadium’s lighting and scoreboard were damaged in Hurricane Sandy and would cost about $1 million to fix, Mayor Don Guardian said in an interview on WOND’s Off The Press on Monday. Guardian said Boulton’s proposal would include picking up the cost of those repairs.

Surf Stadium, formerly called Sandcastle Stadium, opened in 1998 with 5,500 seats.

Another proposal for Bader Field was submitted by Glenn Straub, owner of the former Revel, under the company name Atlantic Adventures LLC. The proposal is listed with the address associated with the site of the former casino and involves turning Bader back into an airport.

Straub in April 2015 submitted a proposal for the area under the same company name, hoping to turn the land back into an airport to make use for it in “business aviation” and “aviation entertainment.”

Straub said Monday his proposal still calls for the property to be reopened as an airport.

“We want to ask FAA to reopen a portion of the runway,” Straub said. “This town needs more people flying into it from places like Boston and Youngstown.”

The two other proposals were submitted by Pipe Dream Development Group, located in Brick, Ocean County, and Bader Field Development LLC, based in Long Branch, Monmouth County, according to city documents.

Last year, the city put Bader Field up for auction with a minimum bid of $155 million. The city received two bids for the land from Legend Properties, based in Cherry Hill, and from Bader Field Development LLC.

The city ultimately rejected both bids.

Staff Writer Nicholas Huba contributed to this report.

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