Following a number of delays, the implosion of Trump Plaza, formerly owned by former United States President Donald Trump, on the Atlantic City boardwalk is expected to continue today.
Marty Small, mayor of Atlantic City, had announced that on January 29, 2021 the 39-storey facility was scheduled for demolition, but that date was subsequently pushed back in January as it was stated that “this was a tedious process.”
An end to AC Trump-branded properties
The tower’s demolition confirms that in Atlantic City there will be no more Trump-branded properties.
In May 1984, the former casino resort opened its doors, and Trump once praised it as potentially the finest building in Atlantic City, and probably the world, as well as a crucial component of the future achievements of the area.
Trump Plaza eventually closed in September 2014, becoming the fourth casino to do so that year after The Atlantic Club, Showboat and Revel, a little more than 30 years later.
Venue threat to public safety
Billionaire Carl Icahn took ownership of the property in 2016 and said he would ultimately demolish the building. Officials found the venue a threat to public safety.
After Icahn’s intervention, a previous attempt by Atlantic City leaders to hold an auction for the ability to push the detonator to bring down the building was also nixed. After a cease-and-desist letter was sent, the effort was called off, with safety issues cited.
However, after promising to contribute $175,000 through his philanthropic arm to replace funds that would have been raised by the Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City for youth charity, Icahn drew Small’s gratitude.
The demolition comes less than a month after Trump said goodbye to Washington, after Joe Biden was formally sworn in on January 20, 2021, as the 46th President of the United States.
Earlier this month, in an exclusive package deal, Caesars offered “front-row views” of the demolition of Trump Plaza to remain on its boardwalk property.
The operator of a casino wrote: “With Caesars being the closest property to the actual demolition site, guests will have an exclusive front-row view to witness this historic Atlantic City moment and celebrate a new era to the beloved region.”