Judge Oks 10-yr casino restriction on shuttered Trump Plaza

 Weeds are now appearing in the driveway of the Trump Plaza parking garage. (Alan Tu/WHYY)

Weeds are now appearing in the driveway of the Trump Plaza parking garage. (Alan Tu/WHYY)

Atlantic City’s former Trump Plaza casino is likely to remain closed for at least 10 years following a judge’s approval of a deed restriction prohibiting anyone from re-opening it as a casino.

Delaware bankruptcy court judge Kevin Gross approved a deed restriction Thursday imposed by Trump Entertainment Resorts on the former casino.

The restriction prevents anyone from re-opening Trump Plaza as a casino for 10 years, although it could be used for a non-gambling purpose.

It was done to avoid potentially higher taxes under a bill Gov. Chris Christie could sign soon allowing casinos to make payments in lieu of taxes for 15 years.

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The bill applies to any property that was licensed to operate as a casino in 2014 and that does not have a deed restriction.

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