Wednesday 17th February 2021
Trump casino razed to the ground
With his casino ambitions in Atlantic City, the entrepreneur Trump is out of luck. Little by little, his properties have to close. The responsible company of the ex-president files for bankruptcy several times. Now one of the prestige locations has disappeared for good.
A former US President Donald Trump’s casino in Atlantic City was blown up with 3000 sticks of dynamite. The former Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in the east coast city in the state of New Jersey was brought down in a controlled manner. TV pictures showed how a thick cloud of dust rose and pulled over the adjacent beach. All that remained of the skyscraper was a large heap of rubble.
The casino, which opened in 1984, closed its doors in 2014, and since then the building has not been or has hardly been maintained. During storms, parts of the facade fell several times on the promenade in front of the building. After the closure, Trump took legal action to have his name removed from the facade. The real estate mogul feared that the vacant skyscraper could damage its reputation. The building complex has belonged to billionaire Carl Icahn since 2016. What Icahn wants to do with the area that is freed up is still unknown.
Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small announced the demolition of the building last June after taking legal action over the danger to local residents. In December he announced an auction for the right to pull the trigger on the detonation. The proceeds should go to a youth organization. The auction was later called off.
The Trump Plaza was Trump’s first property in Atlantic City. In the meantime, he owned four casinos in the gambling metropolis, in addition to Trump Plaza also the Trump World’s Fair, Trump Marina and the Taj Mahal. They were all closed between 1999 and 2016. Trump Entertainment Resorts, the company that operated Trump’s Atlantic City real estate, filed for bankruptcy three times between 2004 and 2014.