Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino Now an Eyesore

Mia Gardner | 21 Jan 2020

Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City has long harboured an uncertain fate. The venue was forced to close its doors back in 2014 as the Garden State’s gambling hub took a dive thanks to lower foot traffic numbers. Six years later, the property is still standing, although it is quickly starting to show signs of decay.

Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small is reportedly tired of the former casino being viewed as nothing more than a discarded husk. Once again, he is calling for Trump Plaza to be demolished once and for all so that the land can be redeveloped and put to better use. New casinos could be on the horizon for the metropolis.

Mayor Small Demands Demolition

Carl Icahn is the owner of Trump Plaza through his billion-dollar company Icahn Enterprises. Icahn purchased the casino following its 2014 closure, and has noted in the past that he is willing to demolish the building if the city is willing to cover roughly half the costs of the demolition. The state controls Atlantic City’s coffers, however, and a lack of funding has lead to a tepid reception of Icahn’s proposal.

Mayor Small wants to rid his city of the dead weight and clean up the eyesore that is the casino. He recently noted that the building is a ‘blight on the [city’s] skyline’, saying that it is the ‘biggest eyesore in town’. He also noted that his administration’s goal is to make Trump Plaza disappear, although he did not say who would carry the expenses.

Hard Rock Expresses Discontent

Small’s comments were made during a meeting of the Metropolitan Business & Citizens Association at Caesars Atlantic City on January 16. It came as the first unofficial State of the City address for the Mayor, who explained that a new 90-day code enforcement review panel will be implemented soon to help him see his goal achieved. A business advisory council and infrastructure committee will also be present to identify opportunities in potential areas of growth.

The Mayor’s comments came just after Jim Allen, the CEO of Hard Rock International, expressed his disappointment in the state of the city. Hard Rock owns another former Trump establishment, the Trump Taj Mahal, which was eventually converted into Hard Rock Atlantic City. Allen believes that the city has not dealt with maintenance problems properly, and has failed to meet its obligations to keep it in good condition. According to Allen, the Garden State’s crown jewel is in even worse shape than it was 3 years ago.