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CRDA opens ears on Atlantic City master plan

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The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority is reaching out to the public to help put together its vision for the revitalization of Atlantic City.

CRDA last week launched a new website designed to gather input on the master plan currently being developed for the city. The website, RevitalizeAC.com, asks visitors to fill out a survey regarding the authority's approach and priorities.

In an e-mail, CRDA Executive Director John F. Palmieri said the master plan won't work without input from stakeholders, whether they be business owners, residents or tourists.

"We can't craft a successful master plan in a vacuum," Palmieri said. "It takes a wide range of stakeholders to create something that Atlantic City can be proud of."

The site is administered by the real estate firm Jones Lang LaSalle, which CRDA hired last year to develop a master plan for the city. The document, which is due Feb. 1, will serve as a blueprint as the state works to turn around the fortunes of the city, which has seen gaming revenues fall as neighboring states opened new casinos.

CRDA and Jones Lang LaSalle will also hold three public meetings on the plan, the first of which takes place tonight at 6:30, at the Upton Complex, 323 Madison Ave. The other meetings are scheduled for Jan. 9 and Jan. 26.

"We know people have some very creative and valid ideas, and we're looking forward to getting that input from the online surveys and hearing their ideas during the community meetings," Palmieri said.

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