Gambling in Massachusetts has already started in Plainville with a successful opening of Plainridge Park casino. But in three years, gambling in Massachusetts, as well as gambling in New England, will explode into one of the most exciting gambling destinations in the country, led by the opening of Wynn Everett.
The Associated Press reported that “construction equipment and workers” began putting in their first appearances late last week.. The Wynn Resorts explanation is that they were there for pre-construction work. This milestone is an important step toward reversing the neglect on this parcel of land and transforming this barren brown field into a spectacular public waterfront park on the Mystic River.
Wynn spokesmen say it will take them about three years to clean up and build on the former site of a chemical plant on the Mystic River, coming after a public review over the past year. The gaming commission, Boston mayor Walsh, surrounding cities and towns, as well as Mohegan Sun continue to scrutinize the way Wynn achieved the license. However, by addressing concerns over traffic & noise on route 93 & Sullivan Square, the proximity to the Boston City line and MBTA entrance on the Boston side, Wynn Everett has satisfied state officials to go ahead.
So, today, we should anticipate what will be another jewel in Steve Wynn’s
incredibly successful portfolio spanning decades of success and innovation in the gaming industry, beginning with the Golden Nugget in downtown Las Vegas. Wynn expects to spend about $1.7 billion on what it sees as a five-star hotel similar in looks to Wynn Las Vegas and Encore Las Vegas and casino complete with a number of non-gaming amenities. The company has billed it as the largest private development in Massachusetts and the first time it has taken its Las Vegas and Macau business model to a major in U.S. city.
Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria, who has strongly backed the project, said Thursday marked an important day for the project. “It’s a small step, but a first step,” he said. DeMaria said he feels confident that ground will break at the site next spring, assuming this means cleaning the chemical waste site that was originally left by Monsanto.
To Wynn’s credit, no public funds will be used to clean up the site. Wynn is expected to spend $20 to $30 million to clean up the waterfront site along the Mystic River that has been inaccessible and unusable to the public for more than 100 years.
Wynn’s hope is to make this a community place, with a waterfront “greenway” expected to be a highlight of the Wynn Resort in Everett. It will include public amenities such as a picnic park, gazebo, viewing deck, pavilion, bicycle and pedestrian paths, retail esplanade with waterfront shopping and dining, water ferry/taxi service to Boston Harbor, living shoreline and more.
Wynn Resorts also earlier filed for permission to build a pedestrian footbridge across the Mystic River, which the Massachusetts gaming Commission is still examining. The bridge would be created for pedestrians and cyclists, but not automobile traffic connecting the city of Everett with the Somerville’s Assembly Square.
As he originally said, Steve Wynn is not in the business of building casinos – he is in the business of creating beautiful resorts that just happen to have a casino attached down the hall. We’ve seen his creations in Las Vegas and Macau, why would we doubt his ability to succeed with an incredible experience in the Bay State for gamblers and non-gamblers, locals and out-of-towners alike.
That’s all for now.