CRDA Board Authorizes $1.5M for Class II Special Law Enforcement Officers
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (May 18, 2021) – At its monthly Board Meeting today, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) Board of Directors authorized a fund reservation in an amount not to exceed $1.5M to continue to build on safety initiatives in the Tourism District.
This resolution extends the intergovernmental agreement with the City of Atlantic City for the deployment of Class II police officers in the Tourism District through May 31, 2022.
“Class II officers are routinely assigned to our Tourism District and provide foot patrols on Atlantic and Pacific avenues and our world-famous Boardwalk,” said CRDA Board Chairman Robert Mulcahy. “Additionally, these officers act as ambassadors for the City and police department through their daily interactions with the community.”
The CRDA has been providing funding for 45 Class II officers for the last 5 years and fifteen (15) community based police officers in the City’s Tourism District for the past 2 years. This agreement will allow for a total deployment of up to sixty-eight (68) Class II police officers dedicated to the Tourism District. Since 2016, CRDA has committed over $10 million toward funding public safety initiatives in the city.
The CRDA Board also approved a fund reservation not to exceed $1.5M and authorized a 1-year intergovernmental agreement with the City of Atlantic City to hire fifteen (15) police officers to serve exclusively as Neighborhood Coordination Officers (NCO’s) under the City’s community policing initiative. Twelve (12) officers will be assigned to the 6 wards within the City and 3 officers will be assigned to the City’s homeless outreach program.
“We are confident these Class II officers and NCO’s will continue to be a positive force in the community and serve residents and visitors while promoting a safe environment,” said CRDA Executive Director Matt Doherty.
In other business, the CRDA Board granted minor site plan approval with variance relief for the construction of improvements on a property located at 10 South New York Avenue in the Resort Commercial Zoning District in the City of Atlantic City. This site plan includes the renovation of an existing structure. Phase I consisted of the renovation of the first floor of the structure, and previously approved by the Authority. Phase II consists of the renovation of floors 2 through 5, as well as an approximately 6,000 square foot addition on floor 5 to provide a total of thirty-one (31) residential dwelling units. A hearing was held on April 15, where testimony from John Longacre, a principal for the developer of the property, described the applicant’s proposal to construct one- and two-bedroom market-rate units in the style of city lofts.
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About the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority
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 since 1984. Under the 2011 Tourism District Act, the Authority’s mission evolved from statewide projects to becoming the state’s key economic development agency for Atlantic City. CRDA’s expanded responsibilities now include land use regulation, tourism marketing and clean and safe initiatives. The CRDA also oversees Historic Boardwalk Hall (the leading entertainment venue of its size in the country) and the Atlantic City Convention Center. In total, CRDA has invested nearly $2 billion in more than 400 projects statewide, of which $1.8 billion has been invested in Atlantic City, spurring business investments and expansions, and creating permanent jobs in the process. For more information about CRDA and our projects, visit www.njcrda.com, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.