Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone has been a thorn in the side of Steve Wynn long enough. And with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) receommendation that Wynn Boston Harbor be granted a much-needed environmental permit to proceed with construction, that festering litigation may finally go away.
On Friday, Jane Rothchild, a DEP hearing official, said in a 50-page decision that the gambling operator should be given the controversial waterfront permit, only if it follows certain conditions related to the better use of the future resort’s harbor area and the provision of wider open space around the complex., for example:
- the addition of a fishing pier
- ferry service
- a canoe and kayak launch
- open space around the complex be increased to 6.5 acres, instead of the initially projected 4.5 acres
- DEP permit’s term should be 50 years and not the 85 years proposed in the original permit from earlier this year.
But let’s remember, this waste dump of land is going to be cleaned and reformed into a gem on a peninsula that will bring Massachusetts revenue for years to come.
While Somerville Mayor Curatone may appeal his suit to the Supreme court, it seems that this DEP document could be Wynn’s final hurdle, and the late summer ground-breaking would finally occur. Although DEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg is the one to ultimately determine whether the gambling operator should be granted the waterfront development permit, Ms. Rothchild’s recommendation bodes well for the project.
Previously, Wynn reached out to local contractors and Chambers of Commerce and other groups, particularly to attract local businesses, minority-owned businesses, women-owned businesses and veteran-owned businesses to the upcoming bids to keep as much spending as possible close to home during their nearly three-year construction phase, particularly with minority, women and veteran-owned vendors.
Recently, on Sunday night, Wynn offered a public meeting to mark the third anniversary of the successful casino referendum vote in Everett, which happened on June 22, 2013. Details about the slurry walls, which were used extensively in the Big Dig tunnels and are hailed as an engineering marvel, were presented, as well as:
pictures of the site, along with an explanation of what will go where.
A rough timeline was released, explaining construction steps including when the slab will be laid down, the tower completion, the weatherization of the project, the installation of the boiler, when traffic improvements will commence.
NETG will provide more information as the details of the meeting are released.