ATLANTIC CITY — The city is partnering with the CRDA to demolish the Bayview Inn & Suites, a motel on Route 40 that made headlines last summer when an alligator was found in its pool during a drug raid.
The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority gave approval during the Board of Directors meeting in April to authorize funds to take down the property at 1630 N. Albany Ave. Mayor Frank Gilliam’s office said in a statement Tuesday the city will move to get rid of the “derelict property along a major artery leading into the City.”
The CRDA provides funding for the demolition of properties located in the Tourism District, but the city requested funds for the building outside of the district “that would have a big impact on the city,” said Dale Finch, director of licensing and inspections for the city.
“It’s on the gateway,” he said. “We’re very concerned about it.”
Finch said there’s no timeline yet for the demolition and the city will proceed with the bidding process.
On Aug. 15, a 3-foot-long alligator was found swimming in the pool after detectives from the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office and local law enforcement searched the 80 rooms of the property. The alligator was transferred to the Cape May County Zoo in Cape May Court House.
Two fires followed the incident at the motel. The motel is considered a nuisance property that has brought multiple calls to the police or fire departments, the Mayor’s Office said. Finch said a fence was put up around the building and has started falling down.
“I am happy to see a partnership between the City of Atlantic City and the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority,” Gilliam said in a statement. “Our City can only benefit from both entities working together for the betterment of Atlantic City and its residents.”