Under a new law, the Hard Rock property would be the first smaller “boutique” casino in Atlantic City, with the hotel having less than the previous minimum of 500 guest rooms. Hard Rock officials want the property to open with 208 rooms, but hope to later expand it to more than 600.

According to the Hard Rock’s chief executive officer, James Allen, construction could begin next June “depending on access to capital markets,” he said. The first phase of building is expected to take between 21 and 23 months to complete.

The opening of the Hard Rock property should help to offset expected job cuts at struggling Atlantic City casinos.


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