It was once a proud member of the Atlantic City skyline. Now the former Trump Casino will be demolished. It was once one of three Trump-branded venues that graced “America’s Playground.”
Of note, the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City went bankrupt in 2014 and shut its door. Revenues had plummeted, forcing closure. Now, the city is auctioning off the impending demolition with proceeds going to the Boys & Girls Club of America.
As a matter of fact, it had already started to crumble, with chunks landing in the street. City officials now want to stop the rain of terror from the thirty-nine story hulk, now a safety hazard.
According to the Mayor Marty Small, Sr., his office has been bombarded with interested parties.
“I want to raise at least a million dollars and I think we can accomplish that.”
Atlantic City saw a revival of its status as a noted hotspot in the Roaring Twenties in the 1980s. In fact, it became the casino capital of the east coast, giving Las Vegas a run for its money.
In 1984, Donald Trump opened Trump Plaza at the center of the famed boardwalk. Two more casinos followed, including the Trump Taj Mahal, marketed itself as “the eighth wonder of the world.”
With legalization of gambling laws in nearby markets, these casinos couldn’t cut it and the debt grew. Trump and his brainchildren were down on their luck.
Mayor Small was never a fan of Trump.
“He took advantage of the bankruptcy laws, of a lot of people, made a lot of money
then got out, so it’s extremely important that we do something worthwhile.”
Trump was in denial mode at the time, tweeting: “Does anyone notice that Atlantic City lost its magic after I left years ago?”