CRDA Awards Grants, Gives Preliminary OK for Resorts’ Margaritaville Project
ATLANTIC CITY — The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) approved during its recent board meeting a total of $250,000 in Capital Development Grants to five applicants. The board also approved preliminary plans to institute a “Leadership Development Program,” and gave preliminary approval for the Margaritaville-at-Resorts casino project.
The grants were for a variety of projects ranging from outdoor play and recreation areas for youngsters (and the young at heart), improved lighting at Historic Gardner’s Basin, technology and equipment for Atlantic Cape Community College’s English as a Second Language program, and land acquisition to expand a community garden. Recipients include the Atlantic City Boys and Girls Club and the Usry Daycare Center, the Atlantic City Historical Waterfront Foundation, Atlantic City Housing Authority, Atlantic Cape Community College and the Way of Holiness Temple.
“Redevelopment takes many forms,” says CRDA executive director John Palmieri in a media release. “Today’s grant approvals will positively enhance the lives of Atlantic City residents. It fosters civic pride and a sense of community and that’s a positive force that carries over into everything we do.”
The CRDA will also provide 100 percent of funding, and collaborate with the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, to provide expertise in development and implementation of a 10-month public policy leadership development program “designed for experienced and emerging leaders committed to building a stronger community within Atlantic City through civic engagement and empowerment.”
The board unanimously approved the Preliminary Determination of Project Eligibility for Margaritaville at Resorts. Gov. Chris Christie held a press conference at Resorts on Tuesday, July 24, to publicly announce the project. The Margaritaville complex will feature a casino, restaurant, “Five O’clock Somewhere” bar, retail stores, LandShark Bar and Grill, a year-round beach bar complex, and the brand’s first coffee shop.
Tags: Atlantic Cape Community College, Atlantic City Boys and Girls Club, Atlantic City Historical Waterfront Foundation, Atlantic City Housing Authority, Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Usry Daycare Center, Way of Holiness Temple