Inlet Neighborhood Revitalization

Atlantic City’s Best-Kept Secret

Atlantic Cape is pleased to announce that it has recently been awarded a Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit Planning grant by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) to develop a community-driven neighborhood revitalization plan for the Inlet neighborhood in Atlantic City.

 

What is the goal of neighborhood revitalization?

The neighborhood planning process will bring together the neighborhood’s diverse communities of residents, civic leaders, and businesses to communicate an inclusive vision for the Inlet. It is anticipated that a future NRTC designation will generate funds to provide services in the neighborhood, including housing and amenities for all residents.

Timeframe

Date Event
April 2021 Inlet Neighborhood Planning Grant Awarded to Atlantic Cape
July 2021 Solicit Applications for the Inlet Neighborhood Community Advisory Committee
Sept. 29, 2021 Meeting with Inlet Neighborhood Community Advisory Committee
Nov. 3, 2021 Held First Public Meeting
Nov.-Dec. 2021 Focus Groups, One on One Interviews
Monthly Meetings with Inlet Neighborhood Community Advisory Committee
Feb. 2022 Complete the first draft of the strategy
March 2022 Hold Second Public Meeting
April 2022 Complete the final draft of the strategy
May 2022 Complete draft Inlet Revitalization Action Strategy
June 2022 Hold second public meeting
September 2022 State approval of Inlet Revitalization Action Strategy
October 2022 Apply for Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credits

Advisory Committee

Samera Bishop, Inlet Resident

Keith Groff, Inlet Resident

Michael Intrieri, Inlet Resident, Developing North Beach Mini Golf

Charity Jeffries, Inlet Resident

Stephanie Marshall, Inlet Resident, newly elected Council at Large.

Tom Moynihan, Inlet Resident, Atlantic City Police Officer

Jean Muchanic, Executive Director, Absecon Lighthouse

Tina Notaro –Inlet Resident

Mary Ellen Solano –Inlet Resident

Tina Watson –Inlet Resident

Gregory Woods, Inlet Business Owner -Fish Heads

Libbie Wills, President, First Ward Civic Association

Arron “Sporty” Randolph, 1st Ward Councilman

Planning Team

James M. Rutala, Principal, Rutala Associates.

Atlantic Cape Team

Dr. Natalie Devonish, Vice President Student Affairs & Enrollment Management
Worthington Atlantic City Campus

Victor Moreno, Senior Manager Campus Operations & Community Outreach

About the Inlet Neighborhood

Population
5,441 residents, 14% of city’s population.

Diversity
30% White, 42% Black, 9% Asian

Income in line with remainder of Atlantic City

  • Homeownership Rate -16%
  • Median year structures built 1997 – newer building than the rest of the City
  • Families living below the poverty level –16% - lower than most of the City
  • Median House Value - $158,148
  • Median Gross Rent - $813.00

Why the Inlet?

The Inlet neighborhood has been historically targeted for various urban renewal programs and projects. The neighborhood’s proximity to major tourist destinations and existing residential communities have historically resulted in conflicts between planned resort and residential uses. Land speculation and demolitions associated with planned projects has resulted in the loss of many buildings in the neighborhood. Despite these challenges, the neighborhood maintains a crucial community of residents and local businesses.

Nascent redevelopment efforts have been underway, including the development of new multifamily housing at 600 NoBe, the re-opening of Ocean Casino Resort, and the re-construction of the Absecon Inlet Seawall/Boardwalk. These investments, totaling in excess of one hundred million dollars, are anticipated to bring spin-off development to a long-overlooked City neighborhood. The additional investment in renovations at Gardner’s Basin and Absecon Lighthouse will bring further interest and visitation to the neighborhood.

Where is the Inlet Neighborhood?

The Inlet Neighborhood is home to a diverse group of residents, filled with numerous community assets, landmarks, active organizations, as well as local businesses. Comprised of Census Tracts 19 and 25 along the Absecon Inlet, it is home to approximately 5,800 residents.

The Inlet includes major facilities such as the Ocean Casino Resort, Gardner’s Basin Park, The Cove Condominium, Ocean Terrace apartments, Uptown School Complex, Flagship Resort, the Jeffries Towers Apartments, and housing of various typologies. It includes the following geographic area:

  • Pacific Avenue to the Atlantic Ocean between Connecticut Avenue and the Absecon Inlet.
  • Virginia Avenue to the Absecon Inlet between Pacific Avenue and Baltic Avenue, and between Massachusetts Avenue to the Absecon Inlet between Madison Avenue and Gardner’s Basin.

View the Neighborhood Map

Why Atlantic Cape?

Atlantic Cape is committed to supporting the needs of our local residents and students. The college has been an intricate partner in the Atlantic City community and the Inlet Neighborhood specifically. Atlantic Cape has maintained a strong and involved presence in Atlantic City since its inception and has reaffirmed its commitment to the community with the establishment of the full-branch campus, the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus in 1984 and then again in 2014 with the expansion of its facility by 20,000 square feet, creating the Caesar’s Entertainment for Hospitality and Gaming Wing.

The Worthington Atlantic City Campus provides a wide range of services to support students’ educational goals.

review draft strategy

 

Contact Us

For more information, contact: Victor Moreno, Manager of Community Outreach at vmoreno@atlantic.edu or call 609-343-4800.

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