Atlantic City auctions off chance to blow up Trump Plaza casino as shuttered gambling spot ‘has fallen into disrepair’


THE former Trump Plaza casino is set to be blown up as Atlantic City auctions off the chance to push the button and demolish it.

The real estate developer-turned-president Donald Trump opened it in New Jersey back 1984 but the venue was shuttered in 2014 – and it’s demolition day is scheduled for January 29.

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A live auction will be held to determine who will push the demolition button on the old Trump PlazaCredit: Getty Images – Getty
The casino is set to be demolished on January 29

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The casino is set to be demolished on January 29Credit: AP:Associated Press
The outgoing president cut most of his ties with Atlantic City in 2009

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The outgoing president cut most of his ties with Atlantic City in 2009Credit: AFP – Getty

Mayor of Atlantic City Marty Smallon announced a fundraiser to auction off pressing the button on Thursday.

The city hopes to raise more than $1million for the it’s Boys & Girls Club.

Small, a Democrat, was not shy about criticizing Trump when he told reporters about the initiative.

“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,” Small said.

“I wanted to use the demolition of this place to raise money for charity.”

Demolition on Trump Plaza has already begun

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Demolition on Trump Plaza has already begunCredit: AP:Associated Press
Trump owned three casinos in Atlantic City during his real estate developer days

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Trump owned three casinos in Atlantic City during his real estate developer daysCredit: Getty Images – Getty

A professional auction company hired by the “Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City” started seeking bids yesterday.

They will continue to auction it off until January 19, when the top bidders will be revealed. 

The winner will be selected through a live auction. 

Bidding online has seen “a lot of action already,” Small said

Trump Plaza has been falling apart slowly in the six years it has sat vacant at the coastal New Jersey resort city. 

The former Trump Plaza has sat vacant for six years

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The former Trump Plaza has sat vacant for six yearsCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Parts of the original facade broke off from one of the towers earlier this year, and more pieces fell onto the boardwalk during a storm. 

Trump, who owned three casinos on the boardwalk, pulled out of Atlantic City in 2009, keeping only a 10 percent fee for using his name on the hotels. 

His final stake disappeared in February 2016, when billionaire Carl Icahn purchased the bankrupt company. 

Icahn, who now owns the building that was Trump Plaza, is on board for tearing it down.

Pieces of Trump Plaza have broken off and fallen on the Atlantic City Boardwalk

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Pieces of Trump Plaza have broken off and fallen on the Atlantic City BoardwalkCredit: AP:Associated Press
The old Trump Plaza sits on a prime spot on the Atlantic City boardwalk

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The old Trump Plaza sits on a prime spot on the Atlantic City boardwalkCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Small plans to speak with Icahn about possible uses for the prime spot on the boardwalk once the old Trump building is gone.

“Not often does inner-city oceanfront land open up,” Small said. 

“We have one chance to get this right.”

Besides Trump Plaza, the then-future president owned the Trump Marina and Taj Mahal casinos in Atlantic City.

Texas billionaire Tilman Fertitta bought Trump Marina in 2011 and converted it to the Golden Nugget.

The Taj Mahal closed in 2016 and is now a Hard Rock property. 

The former Trump Plaza will be the first casino to be dynamited since the implosion of the old Sands casino in October 2007.



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