Egg Harbor Township moves toward purchase of additional West Atlantic City motels

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Officials are currently negotiating for two more properties, including Hickory Log Inn

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – Egg Harbor Township officials are moving ahead with the purchase of another West Atlantic City motel in an effort to rehabilitate the crime-ridden section of the township.

During the Nov. 26 Township Committee meeting, the officials approved an ordinance to enter an agreement of sale with owners of the Fortune Inn motel. If approved after a public hearing and final vote, the agreement would include 3/4 acre of vacant land adjacent to the motel as well.

Mayor James “Sonny” McCullough said “the Township Committee promised the residents of Egg Harbor Township, specifically those that live in West Atlantic City, that they would move to eliminate these blighted motels from West Atlantic City.”

A public hearing the Fortune Inn motel and the other previously introduced ordinances is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013.

The township now has three motels under contract that will eliminate 68 units and will provide 2.8 acres of land for future development, he stated.

Officials are currently negotiating with two other property owners, he stated, adding that he anticipates entering into an agreement of sale before the year is over.

 One of these properties is the Hickory Log Inn. The committee authorized the Township Solicitor to commence tax foreclosure against this property in August in accordance with a tax lien held on the property.

McCullough stated that the “foreclosure will be finalized if an agreement of sale is not reached.”

Funding for the acquisition for these properties has been provided to the township through a grant from the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority.

 During the summer of 2009 the Township adopted the Redevelopment Plan for West Atlantic City. The adoption of the plan was a result of twenty years of planning, negotiations and meetings with various governmental agencies to adopt a redevelopment plan to transform West Atlantic City.

A component of the Redevelopment Plan is the acquisition of the obsolete motor court motels on the north side of the Black Horse Pike.

These motels, in addition to being decrepit, often were the location of arrests for prostitution and drugs over the years, he stated.

Most recently, Egg Harbor Township Police found a cache of drugs and guns inside of the motel rooms and charged two individuals with related offenses.

Read about the purchase of Golden Key and The Star motels HERE.

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