It seems that God is smiling upon Atlantic City these days, now
that the MGM Grand's long-sought crusade to get its hands on the
Church of the Holy Spirit, one the area's few remaining Roman
Catholic churches, has finally borne fruit.
MGM picked up the cash-strapped, turn-of-the-century church for
$3.71 million, clearing yet another hurdle in the Las Vegas giant's
quest to build a billion-dollar casino-hotel complex on the
The casino operator also has picked up a few other necessary
parcels along the way, but the recently completed church deal and
another $2.3 million land purchase that was just finalized looks
like AC is in for yet another growth spurt.
Holy Spirit parishioners apparently are not upset over their
church being turned into a gambling den. They've been expecting the
sale for some time. I hope they were smart enough to throw a bingo
clause into the deal.