Tuesday's announcement that Revel casino plans to file for bankruptcy proves that Atlantic City needs to focus on non-gaming attractions to bring in revenue, and at it's latest board meeting, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority did just that.
On Tuesday afternoon, the board took steps to approve a downtown marketplace project that will hopefully sell fresh foods, produce, and seafood - similar to the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia.
The board also approved preliminary determination for project eligibility that will bring some major changes to the Tropicana boardwalk façade.
"It will be a six or seven million dollar development program and Chickie and Pete's is going to be the tenant that we get to enjoy as a result of these improvements."
The CRDA is also planning to attract a different crowd to the resort, as it works to bring a skate park to Atlantic City.
Skate AC founder, Jason Forslund, said, "We've been working for almost three years now to get a skate park built in Atlantic City." Right now, the skate park's proposed location is behind the CRDA owned 'The Wave' parking garage on Arctic Avenue.
CRDA executive director, John Palmieri, explained, "We think we have the money set aside. We've identified the funding. We believe we have a good site but we may determine that there are other sites that we need to review as well." Board members say they want to choose a location with high family activity located somewhere in the tourism district. Palmieri added, "It's just one more place parents can drop off their kids for an hour or two while they do their shopping."
As the CRDA board determines a suitable location, skating activists say the park will bring a new demographic to Atlantic City's tourism district.
Professional surfer, Andrew Gesler, told NBC40, "I know the action sports industry is going to want to probably do a lot of events here and bring rad experiences to the heart of Atlantic City that they otherwise wouldn't have."
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