Now you can bid on the possibility to demolish President Trump’s former defunct Atlantic Metropolis, NJ on line casino
Mayor Marty Small Sr. announced Thursday that the City of Jersey Shore is auctioning the opportunity to push the button that will trigger the implosion of the now-closed Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino.
The city plans to donate the money raised to the Atlantic City Boys & Girls Club.
“Personally, I’m a pretty ambitious guy. I want to raise at least a million dollars,” Small said at a press conference Thursday.
The funds will be used to expand and maintain the club’s activities in its three locations across the city, Stephanie Koch, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club in Atlantic City, told CNN.
The club cares for up to 1,200 children a year and has expanded its activities to 12 hours a day amid the pandemic, Koch said.
“The Boys & Girls Club is no longer an easy after-school program,” Koch said at the press conference, noting that the club now offers meal, academic enrichment and staff development programs.
The demolition of the building was originally planned for New Year’s Eve and will now be demolished in early February. The bidding is already live online with “a lot of action,” said the mayor.
Trump Plaza announced its closure in 2014. Billionaire Carl Icahn currently owns the website, Small said.
“Look, make no mistake. Carl Icahn is a major player in this city and we appreciate all of the contributions he has made to the great city of Atlantic City,” said Small, adding that he hopes future developments will continue some will contain kind of family entertainment component.
He said his administration will help in every way related to the future of the site.
Trump’s decades-long relationship with Atlantic City was one of rocky finances and grandiose ambition. His most famous property, the Trump Taj Mahal Hotel and Casino, which he referred to as “the eighth wonder of the world,” was officially closed in 2016 with less fanfare.
At the time of its closure, Trump only owned the name assigned to the Taj while Icahn controlled the rest.
CNN has asked a spokesman for the Trump organization for comment.