A former casino property owned by US President Donald Trump is to be blown up in a charity auction held by Atlantic City, to raise money for children and teenagers in Atlantic City.
Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino was a hotel and casino on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey, owned by Trump Entertainment Resorts.
A professional auction firm has been hired by The Boys & Girls Club charity to oversee the novelty live auction for the demolition fundraiser that will see the 2014-closed property blown to smithereens.
First opened in 1984, the Donald Trump casino remains derelict and the mayor Marty Small stated that he wanted to use the demolition as an opportunity to raise charity funds:
“Some of Atlantic City’s iconic moments happened there, but on his way out, Donald Trump openly mocked Atlantic City, saying he made a lot of money and then got out.
I wanted to use the demolition of this place to raise money for charity.”
In his real-estate development days, Donald Trump opened the casino in the prime spot on Atlantic City’s Boardwalk, where he regularly visited, but the property has been sitting dormant for some six years.
In fact, earlier in 2020 parts of the casino’s hotel towers broke off and smashed on the floor, along with falling debris that broke away from the structure during a storm, leaving the structure a hazard and eye-sore.
Mayor Marty Small added:
“Not often does inner-city oceanfront land open up. We have one chance to get this right.”
Demolition of the building, of which Donald Trump filed a lawsuit in 2014 to request the removal of his name from the property due to its state of disrepair, is scheduled for February 2021.