ATLANTIC CITY – Councilman Kaleem Shabazz is urging the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority to help Revel-owner Glenn Straub reopen the property.

In a Wednesday letter to CRDA Executive Director John Palmieri, Shabazz wrote that he hopes accommodations can be made for Revel, which is seeking a land-use permit from the authority.

“Atlantic City needs jobs, revenue and activity now,” Shabazz wrote. “While I fully appreciate the absolute need to follow regulations, procedures and rules, it is my hope that some accommodation can be made for Revel development.”

An enraged Straub recently accused the authority and other state agencies of holding up the Revel reopening after being questioned about landscaping improvements.

Shabazz, chairman of the city’s Planning and Development Committee, said he stands with Straub’s goal of development, but “I do not share his assessment of the intentions of CRDA, with regards to his property.”

Christian Hetrick

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