Menendez, Booker Announce $2.4M to Buyout Flood-prone EHT Motels
Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker have announced nearly $2.4 million in federal funding from FEMA will go towards acquiring and demolishing four motels in a flood-prone area of Egg Harbor Township.
The funding will be used to acquire and demolish the Bay Point Inn, Hi-Ho Motel, Destiny Inn, and the Budget Motel on the Black Horse Pike in West Atlantic City. Once the land is cleared, the properties will be maintained as open space, according to a press release.
Egg Harbor Township applied for this FEMA grant in January, 2019, to continue a project of demolishing eyesore motels in West Atlantic City. The project started back in 2015 when five dilapidated motels, which were an even bigger blight to the appearance leading into Atlantic City, were demolished.
“Storms like Superstorm Sandy have wreaked havoc on the flood-prone areas of our state and we need to ensure that we are prepared when the next storm hits. This federal funding will help with the robust mitigation and resiliency project that the Township has planned and it will help enhance the gateway into Atlantic City," said Sen. Menendez.
Sen. Booker, in the same press release, said, “Many New Jerseyans face repeated threats to their land and property as a result of flooding. These federal resources will ensure that Egg Harbor Township is better prepared for the dangers posed by repeating flood events and help limit the damage they cause.”