Could Atlantic City’s Trump Plaza be torn down?

  • Is demolition on the cards for the iconic Trump Plaza on the Atlantic City Boardwalk?
  • The 60,000-square foot casino next to Caesars was the fourth casino in Atlantic City to close its doors in 2014.

The tearing down of the iconic Trump Plaza on the Atlantic City Boardwalk is being considered.

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Is this the end for Trump Plaza?

Experts have been visiting the site as part of investigations to see if the demolition of the former 614-room hotel and casino is feasible. The venue closed its doors for good in September 2014.

A deed restriction was filed by Trump Entertainment Resorts in 2015, preventing the building next to Caesars from becoming a casino again for a minimum of ten years.

The Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, which included seven restaurants, a 750-seat showroom, a health club, and its famous 60,000 square foot casino, first opened its doors in May 1984. More than 1,000 employees lost their jobs when it closed 30 years later. The demolition could mark another major change for the Atlantic City Boardwalk which saw the Trump name being removed from the Taj Mahal casino last month.

Taj Mahal already sold on

The Taj casino closed in October 2016 and owner Icahn Enterprise LP has announced that it is being sold to an investment group headed by the Hard Rock International Company. IEP stated that the sale would not include Trump Plaza, which is still being marketed for sale. The company will continue to own the Tropicana Casino & Resort.

Atlantic City mayor Don Guardian said that Carl Icahn had instructed an engineering team to assess the 2.6-acre Trump Plaza plot and examine the cost and feasibility of demolishing it and what was the former Holiday Inn. The costs of such an endeavor are likely to be huge, given that it is known that the demolition of Last Vegas’ Riviera Hotel and Casino last year cost around $42 million.

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