Trump Plaza to Be Imploded in Early 2021

A date for the demolition of the former Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City has finally been set after years of uncertainty over the fate of the shuttered property.

The main tower of the once glitzy casino resort will be imploded on January 29, 2021, Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small announced Wednesday.

Philadelphia-based demolition services firm Haines & Kibblehouse has been tasked with the demolition of the shuttered hotel and casino resort. The company has brought equipment on the 10.5-acre site and workers have started gutting the property’s interior and taking down portions of the main building.

Mayor Small said that the other building that was part of the Trump Plaza complex, the one that includes a Rainforest Café and a parking deck, will remain standing.

After the implosion of the main tower, demolition crews will need several months to clean up the site, Mayor Small said, as the debris pile will be huge.

Most of the post-implosion clean-up is expected to be finished by June 10, 2021, but Mayor Small believes that task could be completed before Memorial Day.

Trump Plaza closed doors in 2014 to become one of four Atlantic City casinos to be shuttered that year. In 2016, New York activist investor Carl Icahn purchased the property and later on presented a plan to tear it down in the fall of 2018, but that did not happen.

Future of Site Unknown

Mayor Small said in January during his unofficial State of the City address that he wanted to see Trump Plaza demolished and that the shuttered resort was an “embarrassment” and the “biggest eyesore in town.”

In March, Mayor Small’s office sought a court order for the demolition of Trump Plaza and a month later, a Superior Court judge told the property owner to present a demolition plan within 45 days, which Mr. Icahn’s IEP AC Plaza LLC did.

After the former casino building is imploded and the clean-up is finished, it is still unknown what the future of the site would be. Mayor Small said that he would like to see the site being used for the development of “some type of family fun entertainment, which is something the city is sorely lacking.”

Atlantic City’s top official went on to say that with the aggressive energy that they took to get the building torn down, they will “put even more into developing because we have to get that piece right.”

Trump Plaza is the last surviving relic from President Donald Trump’s casino reign during Atlantic City’s better days in the 1980s and 1990s. The former business mogul owned three casinos in the city, with Trump Taj Mahal and Trump Marina being the other two. The former now operates as Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, while the latter has been rebranded into Golden Nugget.

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