EHT continues to buy West Atlantic City properties, but what’s next?

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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 approved the purchase of Hampton’s Motor Lodge at 8018 Black Horse Pike for $400,000 during its last meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 22. The purchase was the just the latest in the township’s campaign to buy out the owners of dilapidated and crime-ridden West Atlantic City motels.

It was the fifth deal approved deal in six months. The township now controls a total of nine acres along the portion of the Black Horse Pike that serves as one of the main gateways into Atlantic City. The properties were purchased using Casino Reinvestment Development Authority funds granted as part of the township’s redevelopment plan for the area.

While the committee is clear on continuing its goal to obtain the last remaining properties on the marshy strip, what it will do with them is up in the air.

According to Township Engineer Jim Mott, the township needs to get official guidance from the state on lot coverage permitted for this wetland area.

“We are reluctant to tear down a wall until they say, ‘This is the buffer line,’” he said, explaining that officials want to preserve the 70 percent lot coverage that was afforded to the motels if possible to make the properties attractive to developers.

In the meantime, the township will board up the motels and possibly fence them off, but Mayor James “Sonny” McCullough said he is anxious for more aggressive action to remove the motels.

“We need to move quickly on these or we are going to start hearing about it from our residents,” he said. “Maybe we can get a grant for demolishing them.”

Read more about the West Atlantic City section of the township HERE.


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