Atlantic City investigating report of falling debris from Atlantic Club casino

ATLANTIC CITY — City officials are investigating a report that parts of a crumbling Atlantic Club exterior are falling off the building and onto the Pacific Avenue sidewalk.

Small pieces of construction debris were spotted visible on the sidewalk outside the closed Atlantic Club casino this week.

Dale Finch, director of licensing and inspection for the city, said he was aware of the report and was sending out an inspector to check on its validity.

Outside Atlantic Club on Wednesday afternoon, pieces of concrete were seen scattered along the sidewalk. Parts of the exterior of the building that closed four years ago appeared to be missing pieces.

“I heard about it and spoke with the owners,” Finch said Wednesday. “They’re going to go to see what exactly is occurring and I will follow up with an inspector.”

If the vacant building is crumbling, the city would issue a notice to the owners to have it rectified, Finch said.

In September, a portion of the ceiling on the covered entrance collapsed on the closed casino’s driveway overnight. The drywall and Styrofoam from the ceiling of the porte cochere created a large pile of debris and exposed insulation.

No one was hurt, and Finch at the time said the fall was likely from wind and moisture and was not a structural issue.

A call for comment to TJM Properties, the owners of the building, was not immediately returned on Wednesday.

Atlantic Club closed on Jan. 13, 2014 and continues to face an uncertain future.

TJM Properties, based in Clearwater, Florida, purchased the Atlantic Club from an affiliate of Caesars Entertainment Corp. in May 2014 for $13.5 million.

In April, a deal by a local development group to buy the former casino and redevelop it as a waterpark and family resort fell through. Ventnor-based R&R Development failed to obtain the necessary financing, according to TJM Properties.

In October, the owners said they were close to reaching a deal with a buyer.