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Atlantic City's Trump Casino Demolition Set For 9 Days After 2021 Presidential Inauguration

Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small wanted the former Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino demolished this year.
Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small wanted the former Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino demolished this year. Video Credit: YouTube/ CBS Philly
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Atlantic City officials have reached an agreement with the developer who bought the former Trump Plaza Casino to topple the structure in January 2021.

After years debating the fate of the abandoned main tower, the date for its implosion is Jan. 29 -- nine days after the 2021 U.S. Presidential Inauguration, Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small said.

The move will end President Trump’s decades-old business ties to Atlantic City.

Two other former casinos, the Trump Taj Mahal and Trump Marina were rebranded into the Golden Nugget and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

It will take months to clean up the site after the January implosion, Small said. Demolition crews tore out part of the hotel this week.

Another tower, which includes the Rainforest Café and a parking deck, will remain near the waterfront boardwalk, the mayor said.

After cleaning up the site -- estimated to take five to six months -- future use of the oceanfront property is up in the air. 

Icahn Enterprises bought the casino in 2016, two years after it closed.

Small has said he favors redeveloping the property into some form of "family fun entertainment."

Although the next step is up to Ichan, Small is optimistic whatever replaces Trump Plaza Casino will boost the city’s future. 

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