A Festive Groundbreaking For A.c.'s 14th Casino-hotel

Posted: October 30, 1986

ATLANTIC CITY — Below the big top of a circus tent, investors in a newly proposed gambling venture sipped champagne yesterday in toasting the groundbreaking for the Carnival Club Hotel Casino.

The ceremony was held at Michigan Avenue and the Boardwalk, the site of the former Shelburne Hotel, where investors intend to build the city's 14th casino-hotel.

General partners Jack W. Blumenfeld and Alan Feingold said their plans call for a towering $320 million structure with 650 hotel rooms and space for an ice-skating rink, an indoor pool and a carnival midway with amusement attractions.

"We believe that Atlantic City needs other attractions, in addition to casinos, in order to become a destination city that enjoys year-round popularity," said Andrew P. Sutor, general manager of the project.

Based on this concept, he said, the proposed casino-hotel has been designed with diverse recreational facilities.

The Carnival Hotel Casino has retained Tishman Construction Co. of New York to serve as construction manager for the 31-story project. The steel structure, featuring a concrete tower and glass walls, has been designed by Lawrence Polillo Associates of Philadelphia.

Blumenfeld said his group has been working to secure approval of the project from the city. He predicted that the casino-hotel would "open in record time," possibly in less than three years. Two other casino-hotels, the Showboat and the Taj Mahal, are expected to open in 1987.

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