Contact: David Zuba, Publicist, Media Relations/Communications
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – (Wednesday, August 19, 2015) – The Board of the New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) approved several measures that will enhance the visitor experience and help maintain clean and safe neighborhoods throughout the Atlantic City Tourism District.
The Board gave preliminary and final site plan approval to several projects. Dock’s Oyster House on Atlantic Avenue was given the green light to pursue the renovation and expansion of this long-standing and historic community seafood restaurant. This project would feature an expanded parking lot, first floor bar, dining areas and kitchen, as well as additional second and third floor dining and private dining spaces.
“It’s a great sign to see one of Atlantic City’s original and historic restaurants doing so well and planning to expand its business,” said CRDA Executive Director John Palmieri.
Preliminary and final site plan approvals were also granted for additional parking at Bass Pro Shops and for the development of a Rite Aid Pharmacy with drive-up pharmacy at 3218 Atlantic Avenue.
In addition, the Golden Nugget Atlantic City Villa Project received preliminary determination of project eligibility for a $4.5 million redevelopment of former restaurant space into two, 2,400-square-foot, state-of-the-art, multi-purpose Villas with breathtaking views of the marina. The Villas are well suited for mid-week, small group meeting spaces and hotel guests during the weekends.
The Board also approved the purchase of two new All-Terrain Trash Vacuums (ATLV’s) for the CRDA Special Improvement Division’s general maintenance team. Each ATLV man-operated vacuum is designed to remove trash from the city’s streets, sidewalks, parks and Boardwalk, and has the capability to handle the everyday workload of eight pan and broom operators.
Finally, the Board recognized the success of the Maroon 5 beach concert held on August 16 that drew more than 50,000 spectators to Atlantic City.
Board actions will take effect following the expiration of the Governor’s statutory review period.
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The only agency of its kind nationwide, the CRDA has used Atlantic City casino reinvestments as a catalyst for meaningful, positive improvement in the lives of New Jersey residents, investing nearly $2 billion in more than 400 projects statewide since 1984. Under the 2011 Tourism District Act, CRDA’s mission evolved from statewide projects to becoming the state’s key economic development agency for Atlantic City. CRDA responsibilities expanded to include land use regulation, clean and safe initiatives, tourism marketing, ownership and oversight of the Atlantic City Convention Center and Boardwalk Hall, and partnership with the Atlantic City Alliance to brand and market Atlantic City. The former ACCVA, now a division of CRDA, is the first destination marketing organization in New Jersey to achieve prestigious Destination Marketing Accreditation by the Destination Marketing Association International.
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