Atlantic City Receives Offer to Use Bader Field as Truck Driving School | Local News


ATLANTIC CITY — While the future of Bader Field has been up in the air for years, the city plans to use the space for a truck driving school.

Last week, the city’s purchasing committee considered an offer from the Ernest Trans School of Trucking LLC.

According to the offer information on the city’s website, the company is registered at an address in the High Gate Apartment complex on Absecon Boulevard.

Attempts to contact the company’s registered agent, Lorenzo Smith Jr., of Oaklyn, Camden County, were unsuccessful.

“Atlantic City is committed to helping provide residents with as many employment and career opportunities as possible,” Mayor Marty Small Sr. said in a statement Tuesday. “While RFPs (RFPs) for Bader Field are still being reviewed, the trucking school could help provide residents with another stable career path, which is a huge priority for my administration.”

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Rebekah Mena, public information officer for the mayor’s office, stressed that the development of Bader Field will be a multi-year project and that no decisions have been made regarding the long-term development of the property.

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The application will be considered by the city council at its next meeting on August 25.

At the Southern New Jersey Development Council’s construction forecast in June, Small said the city hopes to announce what may happen to the site soon.

“Hopefully soon, very soon, (along with) some great people, a group across the country, we’ll have a major announcement on a multi-billion dollar project,” Small said at the time.

Bader Field is a 150-acre former airport. The site has been used for events, including large-scale food distributions during the COVID-19 pandemic. In early June, the Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival was held there. The annual event, traditionally held at the Atlantic City Convention Center, was moved outdoors and was the city’s first major event since the pandemic shut down festivals and conventions.

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In 2016, the city put the land up for auction with a minimum bid of $155 million. The station received two offers for the land but ultimately rejected the offers.

A year later, the city authorizes a call for tenders on the site and receives four unsuccessful concepts.

In March, the council moved a resolution to consider a proposed $2.7 billion development plan to turn the land into a “world-class automotive destination,” complete with a racetrack, housing and utility buildings. mixed. The status of this project is also unclear.

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