Spring 2014 is the target date for the opening of Hard Rock International’s $275 million project in Atlantic City. The timetable was revealed by Tom Sykes, an Atlantic City architect representing Hard Rock during a public hearing at City Hall, thePress of Atlantic Cityreports.

Sykes added that regulatory approvals need to be secured as part of the timetable. Hard Rock has filed with New Jersey’s Environmental Protection Department for permission to build a 54,000-square-foot boutique casino in Atlantic City. The project includes a section of public beach for a Hard Rock Café built over the Boardwalk. The city has supported the idea by filing a request with the Department of Environmental Protection for permission to divert one-third of an acre of public beach to accommodate the cafe, which would be connected to the main casino complex by an enclosed pedestrian walkway spanning the Boardwalk, according to the Press.

Phase One of the $275 million project, which is at the southern end of the Boardwalk next to the Atlantic City Hilton, includes a 208-room hotel, taking advantage of the gaming bill signed into law by Gov. Christie in January, which provided for two smaller-scale Boardwalk projects with a minimum number of rooms set at 200, down from 500. A 642-room tower would be added in Phase Two.