Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino on the boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey, has been closed for years, but the building has remained.
Now, the city is auctioning off an opportunity to blow up the casino.
The demolition is scheduled for January 29th, and the city will be letting the highest bidder press the button.
The button can be pushed from anywhere in the world, so the lucky bidden won’t even need to leave the safety and privacy of their own home.
Atlantic City to auction off chance to blow up Trump's former casino https://t.co/YCZUN9cuT7
— Guardian US (@GuardianUS) December 16, 2020
City officials say that proceeds from the auction will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing services for the city’s young children and teens.
Mayor Marty Small told The Associated Press that Trump does not have a good reputation in the city despite making a lot of money there.
“Some of Atlantic City’s iconic moments happened there, but on his way out, Donald Trump openly mocked Atlantic City, saying he made a lot of money and then got out. I wanted to use the demolition of this place to raise money for charity,” Small said.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) July 6, 2016
The casino is now owned by billionaire businessman Carl Icahn, but he has not done anything with the building.
The building is literally falling apart. In 2018, witnesses filmed pieces of the hotel being ripped off and thrown around by heavy winds.
Mayor Small is hoping that the opportunity to push the demolition button will fetch bids exceeding $1 million. Bids will be accepted through Jan. 19, and then the highest bidders will be assembled for a live auction.
Atlantic City inspired the US version of the board game Monopoly, and many of the street names.
With the redevelopment of the Las Vegas Strip and the opening of Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun in Connecticut in the early 1990s, along with newly built casinos in the nearby Philadelphia area in the 2000s, Atlantic City’s tourism began to decline due to its failure to diversify away from gaming.
The city took another series of hits to its tourism industry after the economic crash of 2008, and it has never fully recovered.