Hey, remember Xanadu? The weird-looking building off the Turnpike, part of the Meadowlands Sports Complex?

In this 2010 file photograph, American Dream, formerly called Xanadu, is seen in East Rutherford. Six years later, the project is incomplete. (AP Photo/ Mel Evans, File)

 

It was first proposed in 2003, ground was broken in 2004 with a plan to open in 2006, a new company took over in 2007, construction stalled in 2009, another company purchased the property in 2013, construction stalled again in 2016, an opening was planned for early 2017, then summer 2017...and now plans to open March 2019.

It has been a complete mess, a real estate nightmare, and for once I agreed with Chris Christie when he called it "he ugliest damn building in New Jersey."

BUT

This time, for real you guys, things are gonna work out!

The Triple Five development group has huge plans for the site, which they intend to be on par with their other properties like The Mall of America in Minnesota and the West Edmonton Mall in Canada.

Triple Five says it will be more than just a mall, rather a destination for tourists from all over.

It will include:

- North America's largest indoor water park, designed by DreamWorks.
- KidZania, a miniature city run by kids 4 to 14 years old with its own currency.
- A pair of roller coasters: the Launched Euro-Fighter roller coaster, which will have the world's steepest roller coaster drop; and the Spinner Coaster, the world's tallest and longest free-spinning roller coaster.
- The first Sea Life aquarium in New Jersey.
- A 22,000-square-foot arcade and bowling alley for adults, featuring live bands and a selection of craft beers.
- A LEGOLAND discovery center.
- A 12-story indoor ski park with an 800-foot-long hill.
- A 300-foot-tall Ferris wheel offering a one-of-a-kind view of Manhattan.
- A 4-D, dine-in movie theater.
- 15 restaurants and 50 grab-and-go offerings in a 150,000-square-foot food court.
- The world's first Kosher food court.
- A separate retail area for luxury retailers.

This all seems unbelievably ambitious. If they can pull it off, I'm sure it will be amazing, but for most of us who are jaded by the constant news stories about the failure of this complex, it will take a lot of successes to convince me to check it out.

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