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Gas Station, Car Wash Coming To Site Of Trump's Former $1 Billion Atlantic City Casino

Hard Rock International Has New Plans For Iconic Gambling Complex

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The former “eighth wonder of the world” is undergoing a serious makeover.

The 17-acre site of the shuttered Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, which current U.S. President Donald Trump opened in 1990 at a cost of more than $1 billion, will include a gas station and a car wash, per a report from Press of Atlantic City. Hard Rock International, which bought the casino earlier this year for just $50 million, filed a handful of architecture plans this month with the Garden State’s Casino Reinvestment Development Authority.

The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City is expected to open in the summer of 2018.

According to the Associated Press, the new owners plan for the rebooted casino complex to have poolside and restaurant gambling, skill-based slots, fantasy sports betting and “hidden VIP gambling rooms.” It has planned for 2,400 slots and 130 table games. Hard Rock hasn’t said if it will be reopening the former casino’s storied poker room.

The gas station and car wash components of the property will be located at the corner of Pacific and Virginia avenues. It will be called Rockstop Gas & Wash. A hearing later this month will feature discussion on the proposed plans for the site.

In September, NJ.com reported that a strip club inside the Taj that was open up until the casino closed in October 2016, could potentially delay the project. The Scores AC strip club reportedly wants to keep leasing space inside the casino, but Hard Rock doesn’t want exotic dancers as part of the property’s future. Hard Rock reportedly envisions the casino as more family-friendly than the Taj was during its nearly 30-year run.

The Taj was the city’s top grossing casino until the Borgata overtook it in 2003. At the time it closed, the casino was the worst performing in the seaside gambling town.