ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (CBS) — The Revel Casino has remained closed, 48 hours after the massive Atlantic City attraction was set to reopen to the public and it seems to be paperwork that is holding up the process.
Elane Stegall has a very deep connection to the Revel. Her and her husband vacationed there, two years ago, after finishing chemotherapy. “The whole place was just electrifying,” Stegall said.
How soon guests can make new memories is the big question at the $2.5 billion building. Owner Glenn Straub, who brought the property for pennies on the dollar in bankruptcy court, set Wednesday, June 15 as the target date for a soft reopening.
On Friday, the entrances were still closed off.
Atlantic City Director of Licenses and Inspections Dale Finch says the city has not received the necessary paperwork to schedule key inspections for a temporary certificate of occupancy. “I’ve been assured by the attorney that [the paperwork] will be here today,” Finch told Eyewitness News on Friday.
However, Revel also faces challenges at the state level. Gaming officials say he needs a new casino license and can’t just use the license held by the operator that he chooses to run the casino.
Straub said on Friday that he doesn’t see any parts of the property opening until that issue is resolved.
Atlantic City officials say that the former Revel could get a certificate of occupancy as soon as next week, but opening this weekend for the former casino is not in the cards.