ATLANTIC CITY (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Hard Rock International has filed with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for approvals to build a new, boutique casino in Atlantic City.
According to a report in the Philadelphia Inquirer, the $275 million casino hotel, if approved, will be built on the boardwalk and feature a 54,800-square-foot gaming hall with a 208-room hotel and 2,400-space garage, then eventually add 27,500 square feet, 642 rooms, and 600 parking spaces. The hotel will also feature a Hard Rock Cafe, as well as a 7,185-square-foot spa and a recreation area with an indoor pool.
Hard Rock first expressed an interest in the A.C. project in March of 2010, when they announced they would "explore" developing a casino in the town. The 'boutique' casino was only made possible after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill into law that modified Casino Control Act which stipulated that a casino-hotel must have a minimum of 500 rooms. The revision lowered that requirement to 200, paving the way for the Hard Rock and a second boutique casino. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers