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Atlantic City Neighbors Sue to Block Tropicana Casino's Expansion

20 July 2001

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey –– As reported by the Associated Press: "…In the latest battle of a continuing war, neighbors of Tropicana Casino and Resort are suing to block construction of a $225 million expansion consisting of hotel rooms, restaurants, shops, a theater, and a parking garage.

"The suit, by the 172-member Brighton Towers Condominium Association, contends that traffic, noise, and congestion associated with the 18-story building would make life miserable for residents of the 14-story Brighton Towers.

"…The 200,000-square-foot entertainment complex, dubbed `The Quarter,' would consist of an 18-story, 500-room hotel tower in addition to a 2,400-space parking garage and retail establishments, linked with the main casino building via an elevated walkway crossing Pacific Avenue.

"It would be built on a 3 1/2-acre parcel, across the street from the existing Tropicana, bordered by Pacific, Atlantic, Brighton, and Iowa avenues. The land is now used by Tropicana as a surface parking lot.

"…The lawsuit, filed July 13, names the zoning board and Tropicana as defendants. It says the zoning board lacked jurisdiction to approve the project because the size is so big it alters the city's master plan.

"The association's lawyer, Glenn Zeitz of Haddonfield, had negotiated with Tropicana officials about obtaining a cash settlement for the condominium association members, but no agreement was reached.

"The group was reportedly seeking $2.6 million, but neither Tropicana officials nor Zeitz would confirm that figure…"

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