American Dream

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American Dream At Meadowlands On Track To Open Next Year

August 28, 2018 - 4:08 pm

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (WCBS 880) -- It has been an eyesore at the Meadowlands for some, but after years of delays, the mall known as American Dream is now months away from finally opening to the public.

As WCBS 880’s Kevin Rincon reported Tuesday, groundbreaking for the 3 million square-foot facility started in 2004. The project was called Xanadu back then and looked very different, but after bankruptcies, the financial crisis, lawsuits, and construction delays, American Dream – as it is now known – is on track to open next year.

“For many, this American Dream has been a dream long deferred,” said Gov. Phil Murphy.

The developer Triple Five, the group behind the Mall of America, anticipates it being more than just a mall.

A Triple Five representative said it would include everything “from flagship retail to new-to-market retail to destination dining, to the finest entertainment such as Nickelodeon Universe to the left; the Dreamworks water park behind us.”

Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco was also among those happy to see the finish line within sight.

“Indoor skiing, a water park, roller coasters, a theme park, an observation wheel – and yes, even cool ice skating on a day like today,” Tedesco. “This place is going to be a one-of-a-kind, world-class entertainment destination.”

Murphy said it is about creating jobs that will pay $1.2 billion in total.

“We build things to create long-term jobs so families will be able to afford good, new housing, which in turn will create more construction jobs, and so they can have their own toehold in the economy and help us grow,” he said.