State officials are looking toward hugely ambitious projects, including a massive expansion of Gardner’s Basin and creation of a medical school in Atlantic City -- to increase tax receipts in the battered resort town, Mayor Don Guardian said Wednesday.
He likened the Basin project to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, and said it could feature six to 12 restaurants and 30-40 shops. He said a request for proposals could be out by spring.
Guardian said it's all part of plan by Jon Hanson, a key advisor to Gov. Chris Christie on Atlantic City matters, to establish a not-for-profit organization to fuel Atlantic City development using a model similar to one employed in New Brunswick. Precise details about funding were not disclosed at Wednesday's summit, Guardian said.
Besides the Basin project, Guardian said the five-point plans calls for: an office and retail complex at the old Atlantic City High School site; demolition of Trump Plaza to make way for a “recreation area”; creation of a medical school as part of the Geisinger AtlantiCare facility; and a Richard Stockton College development at the shuttered Showboat casino-hotel site.
The hope, he said, is that “those five areas will all bring in a considerable increase in taxes.”