The end of an era as famous Trump Taj Mahal facade set to be removed from casino

  • Atlantic City site has been purchased by Hard Rock
  • Investors confirm demolition will start at casino next week

It will be the end of an era in Atlantic City soon when it was confirmed the iconic facade of the former Trump Taj Mahal casino will be taken down.

Hard Rock International has $375 million plans for Trump Taj Mahal
The facade that bore the name of Donald Trump and the Taj Mahal will soon be no more, with new owners Hard Rock International keen to wipe all traces of the vision of its famous former owner.

According to a Press of Atlantic City article, work on the frontage is due to begin next week.

Investor in the renovation project, Joseph Jingoli, told a public hearing this week that the casino’s Indian themed decor would be removed entirely, stripping away the facade and taking the building back to basics. This will make way for grand plans by new owner Hard Rock International for their new casino site – with chairman Jim Allen indicating that major changes are coming.

’End of an era’ for Trump Taj Mahal

Allen is already very familiar with the Taj Mahal building: he formed part of the Trump team which worked on opening it. The $1.2 billion casino opened in 1990 and at the time, was one of the world’s largest and most prestigious venues. However, the casino project was hit by bankruptcy, and eventually offloaded by Trump onto investor Carl Icahn, who closed its doors and sold the site to Hard Rock at a loss.

By this time, Allen had moved on from the Trump brand and was working with Hard Rock, in the interests of the Florida-based Seminole Indian tribe.

“The amount of money we’re going to have to spend to remove all those minarets and all that purple… What were we thinking?” Allen complained to reporters recently.

The demolition of the facade will mark the most significant change to the Taj Mahal site in almost three decades, and it will allow the developers of the Hard Rock complex to begin work. The owners aim to have the casino open for business by Memorial Day 2018.

No time was wasted when clearing out the former occupiers: an asset sale allowed any interested party to grab a bargain, with everything from tables and cards to chandeliers and carpets up for sale.

Big plans for new Hard Rock venue

Once the iconic minarets and the gaudy, glitzy decor have been stripped away, the developers will be able to assess their site and start putting forward their final proposals. Initial plans for the site include an ambitious water feature in the main lobby, boardwalk access to the casino, and options for poolside and restaurant gambling as well as traditional casino floor games. The resort will also feature a luxury hotel, two arenas for sports and entertainment, and up to 2,400 slot machines and gaming terminals.

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