Trump Plaza demolished in NJ

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Last updated on: February 17, 2021, 02:40h. Its demolition comes almost 37 years after it opened in 1984.

It took only seconds, and 3,000 pieces of dynamite, for the 34 stories to go up in a poof of dust.

According to the Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small, you'll be able watch the implosion from outside your vehicle, but you must stay near your auto, as social distancing requirements - including the wearing of masks - will be practiced.

"This is a historic moment". The Taj Mahal sold in 2016 and has since been rebranded as a Hard Rock Casino and Hotel. This building had been closed since 2014. The corporate raider never had plans to renovate and reopen the Boardwalk casino, and the property continued into deeper disrepair.

Mayor Small fulfilled a promise to city residents to bring the building down, which sat empty for the past seven years - deteriorating and becoming a safety hazard.

After unsuccessfully fighting for financial assistance from the New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, Icahn finally agreed to pay for the implosion.

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The building is now owned by billionaire Carl Icahn, who acquired it and the other remaining Trump casinos built by the former president from the last of their many bankruptcies.

When it closed, Trump Plaza was the poorest-performing casino in Atlantic City. "The Trump name has become synonymous with the highest levels of quality, luxury, prestige, and success". The building opened in 1984.

It was Atlantic City's tenth casino and, in addition to gambling, hosted heavyweight boxing prize fights.

Bernie Dillon, the events manager at the casino from 1984 to 1991, recalled the glory days of the casino's past. "It was a special time". "So when he left Atlantic City, it wasn't, 'Sorry to see you go.' It was, 'How fast can you get the hell out of here?'"

A fundraiser to hit the implosion button that was called off. Per the Press of Atlantic City, an auction held at the Playground Pier earlier this month that saw nearby hotels offer VIP packages netted more than $6,000 for the local Boys & Girls Club chapter.

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