Most West Atlantic City motels now property of Egg Harbor Township

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Laura Stetser/Doors to some of the motel rooms in the vacant and storm-damaged Golden Key Motel sit wide open on Thursday, Nov. 14 Laura Stetser/Doors to some of the motel rooms in the vacant and storm-damaged Golden Key Motel sit wide open on Thursday, Nov. 14

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – The Egg Harbor Township Committee finalized its agreements to purchase three West Atlantic City motels and vacant land during its Wednesday, Dec. 18 meeting.

“This is a very important first step as we are trying to acquire (these properties) in the redevelopment area of West Atlantic City,” Mayor James “Sonny” McCullough said during the unanimous votes on the ordinances passed in an effort to rehabilitate the crime-ridden section of the township.

The Fortune Inn motel and an adjacent .75-acre of vacant land, the Golden Key and the Star motels will become township property.

The agreements eliminate 68 motel units and provide 2.8 acres of land for future development.

A Casino reinvestment Development Authority funding grant paid for the purchase of the properties.

The township plans to board up the motels immediately and eventually demolish them. 

In 2009 the township adopted a redevelopment plan for West Atlantic City. The adoption of the plan was a result of 20 years of planning, negotiations and meetings with various governmental agencies to adopt a redevelopment plan to transform West Atlantic City.

The acquisition of these motels was a component of the redevelopment plan. These motels, in addition to being decrepit, often were the location of arrests for prostitution and drugs over the years, McCullough previously 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.

There are two remaining motels that the township has been trying to obtain, one of which just went under agreement the week of Dec. 16. They are also working to obtain the Hickory Log Inn as well, according to Township Administrator Peter Miller.

Township Committee had authorized the township solicitor to begin tax foreclosure against the Hickory Log Inn 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.”

The committee also unanimously approved an ordinance that bans the use of billboards in the marine commercial district, the subject of a lengthy lawsuit that concluded earlier this year.

Read more about these ordinances HERE.


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