Civil rights

Atlantic City’s iconic civil rights building will temporarily close

Several members of the Atlantic City government have informed us that the All Wars Memorial Building in Atlantic City will be closed until further notice.

City hall workers only agreed to speak to us anonymously, concerned about possible political retaliation from Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small.

The HVAC system is the reason given for the temporary closure. City hall sources told us the system was working until the city shut it down.

When the system was restarted, it no longer functioned correctly.

We have been advised that the parts needed to complete the repairs have been ordered, however, supply chain issues could delay repairs for up to 3 months.

While this historic building is almost 100 years old (built in 1924), it underwent an elaborate renovation (around $11 million) in 2005.

This led to the building being closed for about two years.

The All Wars Memorial Building was built to honor African American veterans who served America.

Like other buildings in Atlantic City and around America, this building was used as a hospital during World War II.

Additionally, our sources raised concerns about planned weddings and other special events being canceled with poor notice given by the City of Atlantic City.

We also learned that beyond the HVAC system, there are other issues that need to be addressed, including the roof.

Small does not communicate with us, he does not speak with New Jersey Senator Vince Polistina, despite the fact that Atlantic City operates under full control of the State of New Jersey, where Polistina can be of great use to Atlantic City.

Polistina was on the air with us last Friday and yesterday, where he confirmed that he’s “forged a great working relationship with City Council and is actually getting things done and Atlantic City,” POLISTINA said.

Atlantic City operates under a weak mayor, a strong city council form of government.

A citizens’ committee has managed to get the required number of signatures to ask a question in the November 8, 2022 general election to potentially change the government to a non-partisan format.

If citizens approve the ordinance, local elections for mayor and council will take place in May and not in a format of primary elections in June and general elections in November.

SOURCES: Several employees of Atlantic City Hall.

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