Atlantic City Residents Evicted to Make Way for Newest Casino

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Some low-income and middle-class residents of two Atlantic City apartment complexes are protesting eviction orders to make way for redevelopment near the city's newest casino.

They say the poor are constantly pushed back from tourist areas.

The state Casino Reinvestment Development Authority is evicting the residents of about 70 housing units a few blocks from the Revel Casino-Hotel to assemble land that can be redeveloped for the tourism industry's benefit.

But some residents say it's difficult to find suitable new homes after Superstorm Sandy damaged so many properties. They say apartments are bracing to be shut down, so managers aren't making repairs.

CRDA's executive director, John Palmieri, says the agency wants to create a neighborhood there but has no specific plans.

He says, "It's no mystery. It's a beautiful location."

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