ATLANTIC CITY - The owner of a shuttered Atlantic City casino says he'd let Syrian refugees stay there while the future of the building is hashed out.

Glenn Straub, owner of Revel, tells The Associated Press he's willing to let people displaced by the civil war in Syria stay at the 47-story resort as he fights in court over its future.

Straub has been trying to re-open Revel since buying it in April for $82 million, but has been beset by litigation from utility companies and former tenants that has so far kept it shuttered.

Straub has proposed using Revel as an indoor water park, a medical tourism resort, an equestrian facility and a so-called "genius academy" where the world's top minds tackle society's problems.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.