ATLANTIC CITY — City officials are investigating a report that parts of the former Atlantic Club Casino Hotel’s crumbling exterior are falling onto the Pacific Avenue sidewalk.
Outside Atlantic Club on Wednesday afternoon, bits of debris were seen scattered along the sidewalk. Pieces of the exterior of the building, which closed exactly four years ago last Saturday, appeared to be missing.
Dale Finch, director of licensing and inspections for the city, said he was aware of the report and was sending an inspector to the site.
“I heard about it and spoke with the owners,” Finch said Wednesday. “They’re going to go to see what exactly is occurring, and I will follow up with an inspector.”
If the vacant building’s facade is crumbling, the city would issue a notice to the owners to have it rectified, Finch said.
It’s a dramatic decline for a once-glamorous property, built in 1980 by casino mogul Steve Wynn, that hosted the city’s top high rollers and entertainers, including Frank Sinatra, who appeared in commercials for the then-Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino with Wynn.
In September, a portion of the ceiling above the covered entrance collapsed, leaving a large pile of debris on the porte cochere.
No one was hurt, and Finch at the time said the fall was likely from wind and moisture and was not a structural issue.
A call to TJM Properties, which owns the building, was not immediately returned Wednesday.
Atlantic Club continues to face an uncertain future.
TJM Properties, based in Clearwater, Florida, purchased the Atlantic Club from an affiliate of Caesars Entertainment Corp. in May 2014 for $13.5 million.
In April, a deal by a local development group to redevelop it as a waterpark and family resort fell through. Ventnor-based R&R Development failed to obtain the necessary financing, according to TJM Properties.
In October, the owners said they were close to reaching a deal with a buyer.
Staff Writer Lauren Carroll contributed to this report.