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Wynn & Trump

According to Pinky Karavitz Trump & Wynn are probably still trying to get Gov. Corazine to approve of the demolition of the Boardwalk Hall and Trump Plaza to make room for a mega casino . Pinkeys against it . I'm for it .

The boardwalk is too often dark in that area .The hall is under used . And we need something to connect the midtown area ( Plaza /Caesars) with the downtown (Trop) . I suggest using the air space above the hall as a compromise . It could be made part of the casino . Then the city/state could build another convention hall at Bader Field WITH parking ! .

We are heading down to AC Fri. for an overnighter . I see Johnny Ingram is the late band Fri/Sat. at Harrah's . I wonder if this is the same R&B / soul singer from a few years back whose CD debut didn't have much success . Love Puppies are at Dizzy Dolphin Friday nt.

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You may find this interesting:

Boardwalk Hall may not fall

County claims ownership, opposes replacing building with casino

By DONALD WITTKOWSKI Staff Writer, (609) 272-7258

(Published: November 23, 2006)

ATLANTIC CITY — Legal impediments concerning the ownership of Boardwalk Hall could doom efforts by gaming moguls Donald Trump and Steve Wynn to demolish the historic building for a $3 billion megacasino.

Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson, who oversees the public agency that owns Boardwalk Hall, said he opposes any plan to raze the nearly 80-year-old structure.

“As far as I'm concerned, before anyone starts thinking about demolishing Boardwalk Hall, they have to talk to us first,” Levinson said of the Atlantic County Improvement Authority.

Gov. Jon S. Corzine, who met recently with Wynn to discuss the project, seems to be backing away from any talk of tearing down one of Atlantic City's most revered landmarks for casino development.

“Any discussion about efforts to move or alter Boardwalk Hall is premature,” Corzine spokesman Anthony Coley said in a statement. “The Administration understands that there must be a balance between the historic preservation needs of Atlantic City and the desire to complete its transformation into a globally competitive (tourist) destination. Any decision going forward will be made with that in mind.”

Angered by press reports that Wynn was seeking Corzine's approval to demolish Boardwalk Hall, Levinson had his staff research the building's legal agreements and discovered that Atlantic County retains ownership.

“We own it,” he said. “That's where it stands right now.”

All along, the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, a state agency controlled by the governor, has been claiming ownership of Boardwalk Hall. Levinson's research, however, indicates that the sports authority leases the building from the Atlantic County Improvement Authority.

Records show the improvement authority bought what was then known as Convention Hall in December 1983 from Atlantic City for $1.9 million. In 1992, the improvement authority approved two 35-year leases with the sports authority for the building's main East Hall and its 1970s-era annex, West Hall. Two years later, West Hall was sold to the sports authority for the nominal price of $1, but the improvement authority retained ownership of East Hall.

East Hall is the historically and architecturally significant portion of the Boardwalk Hall complex. Constructed without pillars or support columns, it claimed the title as the world's largest free-standing building when it opened in 1929 as a convention center. The building was transformed into the city's premier sports and entertainment venue following a $90 million facelift in 2001.

Boardwalk Hall hosted the Miss America Pageant for more than a half-century before the beauty contest left Atlantic City last year. Among the building's most notable historic events, it was the scene of the 1964 Democratic National Convention, when Lyndon B. Johnson was nominated for president.

“The building is a classic,” Levinson said. “This is part of our past. It's one of the finest venues for concerts in the world. I would seriously suggest that they try to work out something to preserve Boardwalk Hall. I would certainly like to see the hall preserved.”

Further complicating Boardwalk Hall's ownership is a reverter clause that could place the building back in Atlantic City's control if it is sold for redevelopment, according to Levinson.

“No. 1, the city is a major player here and must be at the table,” Levinson said of any negotiations. “But the bottom line is, the ACIA is still the owner of the hall.”

The Press of Atlantic City first reported last month that Boardwalk Hall could be demolished to make way for a $3 billion casino development under discussion by Trump and Wynn. The two gaming titans are talking about the possibility of razing Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino and neighboring Boardwalk Hall to create enough room for the gigantic project.

“Steve and I are talking about something very exciting and very interesting,” Trump said in an Oct. 25 interview, while declining to reveal details of the project.

Wynn has not publicly commented, but he has met with the governor at least twice in recent weeks to discuss his desire to develop a new casino. Among the possibilities that are being kicked around, Wynn and Trump could build a replacement for Boardwalk Hall or somehow incorporate the building into a new casino if they can't knock it down.

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