Atlantic City Iconic Civil Rights Building Will Temporarily Close
Multiple members of the Atlantic City government have reported to us that Atlantic City’s All Wars Memorial Building will be closing until further notice.
The City Hall employees only agreed to speak with us anonymously, concerned about potential political retaliation from Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small.
The HVAC system is the reason given for the temporary closure. City Hall sources reported to us that the system was working until the city shut it down.
When the system was restarted, it was no longer working properly.
We have been advised that parts required to make the repairs have been ordered, however, supply chain issues could delay the repairs for up to 3 months.
While it is true that this historic building is nearly 100 years old (built in 1924), it underwent an elaborate refurbishment (approximately $ 11 million) back in 2005.
This led to the closure of the building for approximately two years.
The All Wars Memorial Building was built to honor African-American Veteran’s who served America.
Like other buildings in Atlantic City and around America, this building was used as a hospital during World War II.
Additionally, our sources have shared their concerns about scheduled weddings and other special events that are being canceled with poor notice given by the City of Atlantic City.
We’ve also learned that beyond the HVAC system, there are other issues that need to be addressed, including the roof.
Small does not communicate with us, not does he speak with New Jersey Senator Vince Polistina, despite the fact that Atlantic City operates under the complete control of the state of New Jersey, where Polistina can be very helpful to Atlantic City.
Polistina was in-air with us last Friday and yesterday, whereby he confirmed that he has “forged a great working relationship with city Council and is effectively getting things done and Atlantic City, said POLISTINA.
Atlantic City operates under a weak mayor, strong city council form of government.
A citizen’s committee has succeeded in securing the requisite number of signatures to place a question on the November 8, 2022 general election to potentially change the government to a non-partisan format.
If the citizens approve the ordinance, local elections for mayor and council will take place in May and not in a June primary and November general election format.
SOURCES: Multiple Atlantic City Hall employees.