Crews began tearing down the former Atlantic City Jitney Association headquarters Thursday morning as part of an $11.6 million plan to create a greenway linking Altman Park to the Historic Absecon Lighthouse.

The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority is leading the project intended to help redevelop the South Inlet section of the city where Revel is located. The greenway is intended be located along Pacific Avenue and include the blocks at Rhode Island, Vermont, and New Hampshire avenues.

Winzinger Inc., a Hainesport, Burlington County-based contractor, is handling the demolition of the garage, located at 201 Pacific Ave.

“This is a significant step forward for the Lighthouse Park project,” CRDA Executive Director John Palmieri said in a statement. “The creation of the Tourism District identified the South Inlet area as a prime location for focused redevelopment efforts. Creating the greenway gives an anchor to attracting mixed-use development and provides a link for pedestrians and cyclists to other parts of the city from the Boardwalk.”

The Jitney Association worked out of the building from 1949 until August 2011, when it relocated its offices to 1616 Pacific Ave. Another tenant occupied the garage adjacent to the building until April, preventing demolition funded by the CRDA until now.

The CRDA has acquired nearly a dozen properties within the block where the Jitney Association building was located and plans to acquire other lots through a future land swap with the city. Atlantic County has contributed $4.2 million in open-space funding for the project.

A separate planned development project a few blocks away could add a mix of retail, restaurants and new housing to the neighborhood. Residents of approximately 60 units will be displaced by the project. The CRDA began meeting with the residents last year, but some contend that a move will be difficult given the other housing options in the city.

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