Atlantic City Auctions Off Chance to Blow Up Trump Plaza

Atlantic City has launched an auction and the winner will get to virtually push the button that starts the long-anticipated implosion of the former Trump Plaza Hotel, according to The Hill.

The building at the center of Atlantic City’s Boardwalk was used as a casino since 1984 and shut down in 2014 and fell into a state of disrepair. The demolition work had already begun early this year but the remaining structure is set to be blown up on 29 January.

Bodnar’s Auction Sales has been contracted to solicit bids from Thursday through Jan. 19, when the top offers will be revealed and a live auction will determine a winner, the Hill reports.

“Local buyers can push the button as close as safely possible,” to “implode Trump plaza for charity,” the listing said.

The winner will be picked through a fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City, with Mayor Marty Small (D) hoping the auction will bring in excess of $1 million.

“Some of Atlantic City’s iconic moments happened there, but on his way out, Donald Trump openly mocked Atlantic City, saying he made a lot of money and then got out,” Small told the AP. “I wanted to use the demolition of this place to raise money for charity.”

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Photo: ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 30: Evening light illuminates protective netting draped on a tower as demolition continues at Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino, once one of the city's premier destinations, on September 30, 2020 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. President Donald Trump owned a total of three casinos in Atlantic City, but all went bankrupt multiple times, and he lost more than $700 million. He left the casino business in 2009. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)

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