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November 10, 1993 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority gave unanimous approval yesterday for its representatives to begin negotiations with the developers of a $520 million project expected to return Atlantic City's "Queen of Resorts" to her former grandeur. The Maryland-based Rouse Co., known nationally for projects such as the Gallery Market East in Philadelphia and the Inner Harbor in Baltimore, will work with the Doubletree Hotels Corp. and Caesars Boardwalk Regency Corp. on the city's ambitious "Gateway Project.
BUSINESS
April 20, 2011 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Regional gambling competition has sapped the vitality of this resort, but the effort to restore it got green-lighted Tuesday when the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority approved boundaries for a new state-run tourism district. The CRDA's 17-member board voted, 14-1, with one abstention and one vacant seat, to approve the zone's boundaries. The lone "no" vote was cast by Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo T. Langford, who took issue with his powers and those of the City Council being usurped by the CRDA board under the state plan.
NEWS
April 15, 1998 | For The Inquirer / MICHAEL PLUNKETT
Willie Mays made a big hit yesterday at groundbreaking for the new Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City at Mediterranean and Pennsylvania Avenues. The new 15,000-square-foot building, to be paid for by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority and Bally's Park Place, will serve more than 400 children in the Atlantic City area. At left, the authority's Ali Reynolds positions a child for a picture.
NEWS
June 23, 1992 | by Dave Davies, Daily News Staff Writer
The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority is getting a New Jersey whiz-kid today to take over for Executive Director Andrew Jenkins, who is leaving to join the Rendell administration. Noel Eisenstat, 31, headed Atlantic City's Casino Reinvestment Development Authority from January 1988, until he lost his job last year in a political purge that followed a change in both the mayor's and governor's chairs. "We first heard about him when our transition team was looking at candidates for housing director," said David L. Cohen, Rendell's chief of staff.
NEWS
February 2, 2012
After a decades-long absence, the internationally known diving horse act will return to the Steel Pier this summer as part of an overhaul approved for Atlantic City that received unanimous backing from the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority at its board meeting Wednesday. The Steel Pier renovation is being funded by a loan from the CRDA, and its approval came minutes after the master plan - the guidelines - for the newly created Atlantic City Tourism District was passed, 14-0, by the CRDA board.
NEWS
April 29, 1989 | By Mike Schurman, Special to The Inquirer
The Regency, Atlantic City's first major housing project to be built under the guidelines of the 1984 Casino Reinvestment and Development Act, opened officially yesterday. The 27-story luxury apartment complex is in the city's southeast inlet at Pacific and Connecticut Avenues, two blocks east of the Showboat Hotel & Casino. The Regency, funded by Caesars Atlantic City Hotel-Casino, consists of 192 two-bedroom apartments and eight two-bedroom townhouses with rents ranging from $650 to $2,000 a month.
NEWS
November 15, 2002 | By Elisa Ung INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Camden County Civic and Conference Center, a proposed project that has dominated local politics for more than two years, may be nearing reality. County improvement authority officials this month could win a $24.2 million grant from the state Casino Reinvestment Development Authority to begin construction of the arena at Routes 73 and 130 in Pennsauken, now site of the landmark Pennsauken Mart. The $65 million project, which would include a 6,400-seat arena and an adjoining 40,000-square-foot conference center, has been touted as a venue for school tournaments, corporate conferences, and trade shows.
NEWS
September 14, 1995 | By Chris Conway, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The U.S. Attorney's office has subpoenaed a wide range of documents from the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority in connection with an unspecified grand jury investigation. The subpoena seeks the following from January 1990 to the present: all bank records, W-2 forms, contracts, meeting minutes, telephone and credit card records, travel and entertainment receipts, records of eminent domain acquisitions and the authority's administrative procedures. Authority officials say they don't know the target of the investigation and the subpoena, obtained by The Inquirer, offers no hints.
NEWS
July 13, 2010 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
ATLANTIC CITY - The contents of a long hidden time capsule - found in the cornerstone of a recently demolished post office - were revealed this afternoon by officials from the state Casino Reinvestment Development Authority and local historians. Buried on April 4, 1936 - the same day headlines screamed that convicted Lindbergh baby kidnapper Bruno Hauptmann had been executed the day before - during the construction of the United States Post Office at the corner of Pacific Avenue and Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard, then known as Illinois Avenue, the copper box contained several letters, an 1887 photograph the resort's first postman, and two newspapers.
NEWS
July 16, 2015 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Take my empty buildings and lots - please. This is the message Atlantic City is sending, by issuing requests for proposals for, well, pretty much the entire town. The properties available for reimagining range from a pier to a kiosk, from the Boardwalk to outer neighborhoods. In all, 14 vacant lots and buildings owned by the city or, in a few cases, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority are included in the RFPs. Planning director Elizabeth Terenik is to discuss the properties at a noon meeting Wednesday in City Hall.
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NEWS
July 16, 2015 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Take my empty buildings and lots - please. This is the message Atlantic City is sending, by issuing requests for proposals for, well, pretty much the entire town. The properties available for reimagining range from a pier to a kiosk, from the Boardwalk to outer neighborhoods. In all, 14 vacant lots and buildings owned by the city or, in a few cases, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority are included in the RFPs. Planning director Elizabeth Terenik is to discuss the properties at a noon meeting Wednesday in City Hall.
NEWS
June 14, 2015 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
SOMERS POINT, N.J. - Poetry was apparently too controversial for Atlantic City this year, as a plan to pay poets to read their work at the city Farmers' Market was abandoned by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority after some political blowback. But Somers Point has held the line against the (haiku) haters - naming, and paying, the bay town's first poet laureate, Northwestern grad-turned-wine-store-event-planner Maria Provenzano of Egg Harbor Township. Provenzano, 26, will put the concept to its first real test Saturday night, as she does two short, mostly unannounced "Pop Up Poetry" events, one at 7 p.m. at the bar at Sandi Point Coastal Bistro, formerly the famed Mac's, followed by another at Gregory's.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 11, 2015 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - When Ralph Hunter Sr. saw Glynnis Reed arrive at her new exhibition in the city's Arts Garage the other day, he walked across the hall from his African American Heritage Museum to tell her how much he thought of her work. The exhibition, called "Ascending Beauty," features mesmerizing digital creations composed of Reed's photographs of African American women set against, inside, behind, and through her photographic images of nature. Hunter, 77, said he was so taken by a piece titled Bessie - a portrait of Reed's grandmother, sculpturally ending just below the shoulders, bustlike, with painterly light and greenery streaked around and across her face - that he bought it on the spot.
NEWS
January 24, 2015 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Mayor Don Guardian joked last week that despite the calamitous year his city had just experienced, "at least we're not Detroit. " On Thursday, Gov. Christie hired the man who steered the Motor City out of bankruptcy, Kevyn Orr, to help straighten out Atlantic City. It was a scenario that Guardian had strenuously resisted for his casino town and one that caught the one-year-old administration by surprise. The mayor met his two new high-powered overseers - one a bankruptcy lawyer, the other an accountant turned corporate restructuring specialist - for the first time Thursday.
BUSINESS
January 16, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Glenn Straub has yet to complete his acquisition of the former Revel Casino Hotel for $94.5 million, but Mayor Don Guardian said Wednesday that he likes what he hears from the Florida investor. "He wants to bring in new businesses, bring in new jobs, and pay taxes. Not too many people talk to me about those subjects these days," Guardian said after a panel discussion organized by the Urban Land Institute at the Atlantic City Convention Center. Beyond Straub's still-forming plans for Revel, panelists depicted a city that is bubbling with ideas, including, Guardian said, the possibility of an Atlantic City medical school under consideration by AtlantiCare, which is in the process of merging with Geisinger Health System.
NEWS
December 19, 2014 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Charlie Birnbaum, the piano tuner who is fighting to keep his family home in Atlantic City from being seized by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, delivered a petition Wednesday with more than 100,000 signatures to Gov. Christie. In addition, Birnbaum's attorneys are now arguing that Christie's plans for Atlantic City make the CRDA's efforts to seize his home even more questionable than when a Superior Court judge ruled the CRDA was within its rights to seize the house.
NEWS
November 19, 2014 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Superior Court Judge Julio Mendez ruled Monday against Charlie Birnbaum, a piano tuner fighting to keep his family home near the former Revel casino from being seized by the state casino redevelopment authority. In a 27-page opinion issued Monday evening, Mendez said the state's enactment of the Tourism District Act is "the legislative declaration of a legitimate public purpose" that would justify the seizure of property by eminent domain. "The fundamental public purpose contained in this legislation is to promote tourism, to create and protect jobs in Atlantic City, and to assist the ailing gaming industry," Mendez wrote.
NEWS
November 17, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Can Atlantic City be a destination resort with fewer cops? Among the proposals posted last week on the website run by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority was "rightsizing" the city's police and fire departments. The recommendation, posted the day after the second city summit led by Gov. Christie, calls for reducing the police department from 330 uniformed employees to 285, and the fire department from 261 to 180. It also brought up the possibility of regionalizing both departments to further save costs.
NEWS
October 30, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
The collapse of New Jersey's hospitality industry, driven by the closure this year of four casinos in Atlantic City, is one reason the state's economy is not faring as well as the nation's, an economist said Tuesday at a business forum. "It's really a tale of two economies - the national economy vs. the state economy," said Joel Naroff of Naroff Economic Advisors Inc. in Bucks County. "If I had to give the state economy a grade, maybe I'd give it a 60 out of 100. It's not doing too well.
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