- Atlantic Club’s ceiling collapsed outside the casino
- Casino resort has been deserted since early 2014
Part of the Atlantic Club’s ceiling collapsed onto the casino’s driveway early on Wednesday morning.
The Atlantic City based casino venue’s drywall ceiling fell onto the entrance way, leaving a huge pile of debris on the concrete ground.
The casino and hotel destination has been deserted since early 2014, having been forced to close its doors to punters.
Dale Finch, director of licensing and inspection for the city, told the press of Atlantic City: “We’ve sent construction code officials down there to inspect, but it appears to be cosmetic.
“We talked with the owner of the building and they plan to make the repairs.”
Collapse unlikely to worry buyers and developers
The incident reportedly took place at around 4am but given the non-serious nature of the event, police and firefighters were not asked to respond.
It appeared that a deal to finally make use of the casino and hotel building had been reached in April, when a local development group became interested in turning the complex into a water park and family resort.
However, an agreement to convert the casino resort could not be reached after Ventnor-based R&R Development failed to secure the necessary financing to do so.
The building is owned by TJM Properties who bought it from Caesars Entertainment in May 2014 but they have so far failed to find a new use for the venue.
Whilst the collapse of the ceiling might symbolise the decline of a once popular casino, it will unlikely have an effect on possible buyers and developers interested in the building as the search for a new use for the venue continues.
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