The Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino has been closed since 2014, and Atlantic City mayor Marty Small has a goal in 2020 to demolish the venue.
In a recent Associated Press report that was published by WKXW, which is a local Atlantic City radio broadcaster, Small stated his goal to local business leaders. He said that after demolition of the site, which sits on 2.6 acres, he would like to have a brand new development on the Atlantic City Boardwalk area.
Small said, “My administration’s goal is to tear down the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino. That’s not accepted in any other city but Atlantic City. It’s an embarrassment, it’s a blight on our skyline and that’s the biggest eyesore in town.”
The Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino is a 39-story casino and hotel property that was once owned by President Donald Trump. There are in excess of 900 rooms in the hotel, several dining facilities, and 91,181 sq ft of casino gaming space.
In 2014 when there was a downturn in the Atlantic City gaming market the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino closed its doors for business. The current landlord of the property, Carl Icahn, is trying to get New Jersey to pitch in and help him financially in demolishing the property.
It was reported by the Associated Press that one of Atlantic City’s property responsibilities was the Trump Taj Mahal. That property closed its doors in 2016 and was bought by Hard Rock International, which renovated the property and opened in June of 2018.
President Trump no longer has any commercial links to Atlantic City. In October of 2014 he had to go to court to have the Trump name on the façade of the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino removed from the closed facility.