For the past several months, there has been talk about Richard Stockton College working with Cornell University's Culinary Institute of America, which is regarded as one of the best culinary schools in the nation, to build a facility in the Southeast Inlet of Atlantic City.
This rumor has been around for a long period of time but has not happened, and according to my information, it will not.
However, the several reliable sources say Stockton will be building the proposed facility on the site of the former Atlantic City High School, between Albany and Trenton avenues and Atlantic and Ventnor avenues. The building was demolished several years ago and has been used as a parking lot for the Atlantic Club casino. It is my understanding that the building that is to be constructed will house 400 students and its ground-floor will have several restaurants that would be operated by the students of the culinary institute.
The site is part of the land that was originally owned for the development of a casino. The last company to talk about a casino for that site was the Seminole Indian Tribe's Hard Rock Casino. If Stockton buys the former ACHS site, the remaining portion of the original site, now owned by Goldman Sachs and a partner, will stretch from Hartford Avenue to a portion of Lincoln Place and the Boardwalk to Pacific avenue and a portion from the Boardwalk to Atlantic avenue. The question raised by this deal is what will happen to that site.
This corner will speculate on the possibility of a deal that may be made by the new Florida owners of the two buildings that have been demolished on Lincoln Place and the two buildings, on the Boardwalk at Lincoln Place, that are awaiting completion of asbestos removal to be demolished. The owners of that site might very well be in a financial position to purchase the rest of the site adjoining their property. This would then provide them, with the exception of some 30 condominiums of a former motel, with land that would stretch from Lincoln Place to Hartford Avenue, Atlantic Avenue to the Boardwalk. This could very well be an outstanding residential, commercial and retail site. It could very well happen. Will it? Time will tell.
Developers start developing
It is good news to inform you that two of the area's developers are beginning developments. Many of you have seen the renderings of the proposed condominiums on a sign known as the Breakers that were to be built on the site of the former Children's Seashore House between Annapolis and Richmond avenues and Atlantic Avenue and the Boardwalk.
The developer of this project had all the permits necessary and was ready to go until the economy slid and there were too few people ready to spend $1 million, more or less, to be in this project. I'm happy to inform you that the developer is set to build 12 $1 million townhouses on the Boardwalk portion of that site. He is hoping that once these houses are sold he can then fill in the rest of the block with condos that would be less expensive.
In Ventnor City, the Monaco Motel has been sitting dormant for more than a decade. It is located on Little Rock Avenue and the Boardwalk. Naming that street brings back fond memories as my parents had leased a property at 103 S. Little Rock Ave. and used it to rent rooms for several years. The first apartment that I ever had as a bachelor was located directly across the street from the property that was to be the Monaco.
The owner and developer of this site is anticipating building 27 townhouses for sale. It is a wonderful area in which to live and adjacent to the Boardwalk. We wish both developers success in their projects.
Horse racing on the beach
The American "Palio" celebration will be a series of horse races conducted on the beach in Atlantic City on Friday, Oct. 11, and Sunday, Oct. 13, a week after the Atlantic City Rodeo.
The event is an Americanization of Palio, a race in Siena, Italy, that has been run for the past 700 years. In Siena, the horses race one-half mile around the town square, while the American version will have horses competing in the American classic distance of three-quarters of a mile, (six furlongs) in a straight run on the beach.
The American Palio will have 50 horses competing in a series of elimination races that will narrow the field to the 10 who will race for the championship. It is the intent of those sponsoring this event to offer purse money to the horse owners, along with trophies and parimutuel wagering on all races. The operations for the racing will be conducted and administered by a licensed racing permit holder in New Jersey, either Atlantic City Race Course or Monmouth Park. They anticipate closing the deal to televise races on both days on a cable sports network, as well as deals to televise and simulcast the signal to outlets and consumers around the country, once parimutuel wagering is approved.
The Atlantic City Alliance has prepared a detailed marketing, advertising and publicity campaign that will be instituted as the event moves forward. Given the uniqueness of of this event, it is expected numerous media outlets of all types will be requesting credentials to cover the races.
Assemblyman Ron Dancer, R-Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth, Ocean, a former jockey, has proposed this bill that is seconded by Assemblymen John Burzichelli and John Amodeo, that would authorizes the New Jersey Racing Commission to grant a special permit for horse racing on beach.
It is anticipated that this will be voted on in the Assembly within the next three weeks and then go on to the Senate for final approval. It is expected Gov. Chris Christie will sign the bill.
Light up the city
This columnist has written about the lack of lighting in Atlantic City over the past several years and little has been done to improve it.
Take a look down North Carolina Avenue from Pacific Avenue to the Boardwalk and you will see what we have been talking about for all these years. They have put in 1,000-watt lightbulbs and the street looks like no other in the city. It is bright and gives one a feeling of safety. It is worth the ride down North Carolina Avenue to see the transformation of moderate lighting to bright lighting.
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