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TRENTON-The brand-new Sovereign Bank Arena has been a gleaming gem in Trenton, New Jersey’s capital city. Forty-three old factory buildings have bitten the dust to make way for the state-of-the-art facility in the city’s former industrial section.

A 44th building has survived, but may not last much longer. The vacant American Steel & Wire mill, which dates to 1872, is being targeted for a new use–and most likely razing–in the wake of an RFP issued by Mercer County officials.

One plan has been floating around: Last fall county executive Bob Prunetti and developer Bart Blatstein jointly spelled out a plan for a $14-million entertainment and retail project. But politics have gotten in the way and the county appears ready for Plan B. While the entertainment/retail complex is still the preferred use, other uses aren’t being ruled out.

Proposals are due by October 15th.

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