Atlantic City Chamber Asks Mayor For Transparency On Bader Field
One of the recipients of a letter penned by Michael Chait to Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small has shared it with us.
Chait is the President of The Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce.
Chait’s letter, dated December 13, 2022 was sent to Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small, with copies provided to New Jersey Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver, each member of the Atlantic City Council, Atlantic City Chief of Staff, Ernest Coursey, Sr. and Executive Director, Sean Pattwell, Casino Reinvestment Development Authority.
Chait is asking Small for full transparency regarding the development of Bader Field.
Specifically, Chait wrote Small, “Please regard this letter as our documented support for an official request for proposal (RFP) process for the development of Bader Field, Atlantic City, New Jersey.”
Chait provided Small with a well documented history lesson, “Bader Field: Future is Uncertain is an article that ran in the New York Times on April 9, 1978. 45 years later, the future is still uncertain.”
“Over the past 45 years, Atlantic City has engaged in a continuous cycle of development concepts for the 142-acre space that has almost 1.5 miles of waterfront. Conceptual plans have recommended Bader Field as an opportunity site for mixed-use entertainment and residential development that would complement the existing hospitality industry,” wrote Chait.
Chait did not hold back in his blunt communication with Small, writing that “Bader Field is one of New Jersey's most prized pieces of real estate.”
Further, Chait told Small that The Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce believes that the City of Atlantic City is failing by leaving Bader Field largely unused.
The Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce has taken the official and public position that the City of Atlantic City implement a proper and formal Request for Proposals to develop Bader Field.
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