Atlantic City developers are looking to provide more family-oriented venues as well as entertainment amenities. “Owners are addressing certain wishes from visitors to have various entertainment options aside from gaming,” Reichert says.
The COVID-19 pandemic, however, has temporarily dampened this trend—both because nonessential construction projects remain halted by press time as mandated by the state and because market demand has taken a dive during a time of self-isolation and social distancing.
“Certainly the closure of dining and lodging amenities, along with limited access to some outdoor features, is limiting the reasons to consider visiting now,” he says. “The establishments and staff appear to be complying with standing orders to remain isolated.”
The architecture and engineering firm remains ready, when sites are allowed to reopen, to address such challenges of building seaside as site and street access coordination, building code compliance and related regulatory issues, Reichert says.