Friday, December 28, 2012

Atlantic City International (KACY), New Jersey: Airport hotel stalled by circle work

Three years ago: Ventnor firm awarded contract to build hotel near the Atlantic City International Airport

With the NextGen project and expansion at the Atlantic City International Airport looming the need for a hotel at the Airport Circle in Egg Harbor Township was a high priority.

The South Jersey Transportation Authority, which operates the airport, awarded the contract for a new hotel near the facility Dec. 15, 2009, to Argus Development Corporation Inc. of Ventnor.

The plans for the hotel included 135 rooms, among which would be some extended-stay suites; about 6,000 square feet of conference space; 22,000 square feet of retail space; and possibly a restaurant on 13.5 acres at Airport Circle near Delilah and Tilton roads.

Plans called for construction to begin in the middle of this year, but owner Lester Argus said the project is on hold until the plans to reconfigure the traffic circle are finalized.

Argus said the problem is the stalled plans to connect Amelia Earhardt Drive with the Atlantic City Expressway over the circle. The South Jersey Transportation Authority decided last week to split the project into two phases to expedite the process.

Argus said the firm will not move forward until that is resolved.

“We don’t have an answer on what they want to do with that,” he said. “We have our plans for the property but we need to know where the access will be. It threw our plans in a holding pattern.”

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