The recently proposed Lighthouse Park Project is part of a far-reaching plan to revitalize Atlantic City’s South Inlet in the resort’s newly created Tourism District.
“Few people know that that lighthouse was designed and built by George Gordon Meade, who was the commanding [Union Army] general at Gettysburg,” says Levinson, a retired Northfield School District history teacher. “First we're going to knock down eye sores, we're going to preserve open space, and we're going to highlight one of the jewels of Absecon Island — the lighthouse.”
Absecon Lighthouse executive director Jean Muchanic (pictured left) has also wholly endorsed the Lighthouse Park Project. “We are fully supportive of using the existing, beautiful icon of Absecon Lighthouse and developing around it to make this end of town more appealing to tourists and residents,” says Muchanic. “The proximity to the Boardwalk and ocean will make the new green space another natural feature to enjoy. I’ve heard there may be features such as an ice rink or mini golf as part of the plan, in which case it will make the area user friendly for families and expand the list of things to do while ‘doing AC.'”
The CRDA hopes to begin construction of the park some time this summer.
In a related issue, the CRDA announced plans for a mixed-use project that would include new residences, restaurants, shops and boutiques as in the Atlantic City Tourism District’s Master Plan.
The project would tie into the Absecon Lighthouse park plans and a neighborhood redevelopment project surrounding the new Revel mega-resort, and would hinge on the acquisition of land in the South Inlet including 62 housing units and portions of five city blocks bordered by Connecticut, Rhode Island, Oriental and Pacific avenues. A few parcels on Oriental Avenue extending north to Vermont Avenue would also be affected, according to a CRDA release.
Much of the land in question includes vacant and dilapidated properties.
If the CRDA gets the approval it needs to proceed during its next board meeting on June 19, the agency will begin a land acquisition, relocation and demolition process expected to take between 18 months and two years according to Bunny Rixey, the CRDA’s director of real estate and development.
One year to the date Gov. Chris Christie signed landmark legislation designed to revitalize Atlantic City and set the surrounding region on a new course for economic growth, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) adopted the Atlantic City Tourism District Master Plan in a special meeting Wednesday, Feb. 1, at the A.C. Convention Center.
Although the Tourism District Master Plan is due Feb. 1, it won't be presented to the public on that date. However, the CRDA will present the master plan to the public on Monday, March 26, at noon.
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