Thursday, October 26, 2006

Apprentice TV Show star Donald Trump teams up with archrival

Casino mogul Steve Wynn wants to bring Las Vegas-style glitz and glamour to Atlantic City by teaming up with his former archrival Donald Trump for a $3 billion megaresort that could dominate the heart of the Boardwalk.
“Steve and I are talking about something very exciting and very interesting,” Trump said in an interview Wednesday. “It would be great for the state of New Jersey and Atlantic City, but it's very preliminary.”
Trump declined to disclose details, but people familiar with the plans said the aging Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino would be demolished to make way for a gigantic development project. It would encompass as many as four blocks of Boardwalk property from Missouri to Texas avenues and stretch out to Atlantic Avenue on the land side, at the foot of the Atlantic City Expressway.
One controversial aspect is the possibility that historic Boardwalk Hall would be demolished or incorporated into the new casino hotel. A new entertainment and sports complex might be built on Atlantic Avenue to replace the 77-year-old hall, the former site of the Miss America Pageant and now the city's premier concert venue.
Boardwalk Hall is on the National Register of Historic Places, giving it some protection from demolition but hardly an ironclad guarantee that it will survive. There was talk of razing the hall years ago before a $90 million renovation, completed in 2001, converted the crumbling building into a 14,000-seat sports and entertainment arena.


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