Showboat Wants to Turn One of its Hotel Towers into Apartments
A once bustling, Mardi Gras-themed hotel-casino in Atlantic City, which is still trying to establish itself as a hotel (minus the casino), has a new idea: apartments.
Blatstein told philly.com, "One of the things that really intrigued me was the opportunity to create a community. The casinos turned their backs to the side streets. There's hope where I am."
Should CRDA approve the plan around Thanksgiving, the high-rise closest to Pacific Avenue would be converted into one and two bedroom apartments.
Two years after re-opening, the gaming halls, which were once a sea of slot machines and table games, sit empty, although a few neon signs remain turned on and some signs that used to display the potential winnings of progressive slots now flash "$0.00," years after the last quarters were wagered. The space is now occasionally used for conventions.
A recent walk-through of Showboat on a weeknight featured hallways that weren't exactly overflowing with people -- a stark contrast to how crowded Showboat was back in the day when thousands of people would pass through everyday, whether to test their luck or to catch a show at the former House of Blues, arguably one of the best concert venues in Atlantic City.
The Press of Atlantic City reports Blatstein's vision is to turn Showboat into a "walkable community" with co-working spaces, food and beverage, retail and leisure options.