The destruction of a tower by implosion is often a small town-wide event. Even more by knowing the name of one of its previous owners: Donald Trump. The name of the former President of the United States no longer appeared, since 2014, by court order, on the pediment of a two-tower building complex located in Atlantic City, in the state of New Jersey. The premises were no longer in use since that date. A way to preserve its image in the face of the decrepitude of the place, taken over in court in 2016 by billionaire Carl Icahn and still abandoned.
The destruction of the 34-story tower, the main element of the lot, was carried out on Wednesday, February 17 in 19.5 seconds, using 3,500 sticks of dynamite. The building had been deemed dangerous, given its condition, by the authorities: “Every time we had a northwesterly wind, debris fell from the building”. “As we say over and over again: today is truly a big day in the great city of Atlantic City”, said the Democratic mayor of the city, Marty Small.
No reconversion project
Inaugurated in 1984, the tower housed one of the four hotels and casinos owned by Donald Trump in the city. The subsidiary dedicated to local activities, Trump Entertainment Resorts, filed for bankruptcy in 2004, 2009 and 2014. Carl Icahn (whose fortune stands at $ 14.6 billion) did not give details on the future of the site, whose rubble should be removed until the summer. The total cost of the building’s demise is estimated at $ 18 million.
Source: UsineNouvelle – Actualités A la une by www.usinenouvelle.com.
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