MGM Mirage (MGM) is exploring options for 85 acres of prime real estate in Atlantic City, N.J., that the casino operator has left vacant since it acquired the land seven years ago.
The company is mulling a development similar to its sprawling $7.4 billion CityCenter project underon the Las Vegas strip. It will feature condos, boutique hotels, a resort casino, and a retail and entertainment district.
"We have no doubt that the type ofshould be a mixed-use development along the lines of CityCenter, although at a smaller scale," said Dan D'Arrigo, senior vice president of finance at MGM Mirage, in an interview.
MGM Mirage owns 71 acres of unused land tucked between the Las Vegas-style Borgataand casino - a joint venture between the company and Boyd Gaming Corp. (BYD) - and Harrah's Atlantic City. In addition, it has 14 acres of waterfront property behind the Trump Marina Hotel Casino. That land was acquired as part of the company's purchase of Mirage Resorts Inc. in 2000.
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