Old Trump Plaza Buildings to be Imploded Within the Next Several Months
The long-closed dual hotel towers of the old Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City will be no more within the next several months.
So says Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small who on Thursday announced plans to implode both towers on the property -- the 321-foot-tall, 39-story main hotel tower and an adjacent smaller hotel tower that parallels the boardwalk.
The casino, once owned by President Donald Trump, has been closed since September 16, 2014. The closure forced around 1,300 casino workers to find employment elsewhere. Carl Icahn took control of the property during bankruptcy proceedings in 2016.
The property, which has remained vacant since closing in 2014, has raised some safety concerns since several pieces of the building's exterior have fallen off during recent storms.
The Trump Organization began construction on the casino in the summer of 1982 and it opened as Harrah's at Trump Plaza less than two years later. Within a few months, the name was changed to just Trump Plaza. In 1989, Trump paid $62 million to purchase the neighboring unfinished Penthouse Boardwalk Hotel and Casino, which was originally a Holiday Inn, according to Wikipedia.
WPVI-TV reports there is no specific date set for the demolition but Mayor Small hopes it's down by February, 2021.
The center of Atlantic City is no stranger to hotel casinos being torn down. Ironically, the former Trump World's Fair at Trump Plaza, also owned by Donald Trump and located on the other side of Boardwalk Hall from Trump Plaza, was dismantled in 2000. That property opened as the Playboy Hotel and Casino in 1981, which was later renamed to Atlantis Hotel and Casino in 1984, and Trump Regency in 1989.