Somerville & Everett Massachusetts sit side by side north of Boston, with only a river in between. It can take 30 minutes to go up I93 from Logan to either city on a good day – about 5 – 10 miles! Last Wednesday I went to see the Red Sox beat the SF Giants, and all I can say is “Thank God for the “T” (subway.)
I can understand Somerville’s traffic concerns, but that’s where Mayor Curatone and I go our separate ways. NETG has been pleading to get Wynn’s casino project going. After the preliminary report earlier this week, Martin Suuberg, commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, issued a decision Friday upholding the award of a public waterways license to the Las Vegas-based company in January. Finally, Steve Wynn can start construction on its nearly $2 billion Boston-area casino called Wynn Boston Harbor.
Oh, did I mention that the city of Somerville already has four other legal actions pending, including a challenge to the company’s gambling license, awarded in 2014?
Instead of rehashing what has been in the paper or on the inter-web concerning the problems, let’s turn to what Wynn Boston Harbor will be in 2019.
Wynn’s luxurious five-star Hotel will have over 600 rooms.
Deluxe Resort rooms average 700 sq. ft., which will be the largest standard hotel room size in Boston.
Dining will include 4 gourmet restaurants, a buffet, & sports bar.
Luxury Shops – Retail that most of window shop at but don’t buy anything in.
Two large indoor gardens
A five-star spa
Public amenities of the year-round harborwalk will include a picnic park, paths for bikers and pedestrians, viewing decks, waterfront dining and retail,a performance lawn, floral displays, and boat docks.
Oh, and a casino.
So, let the clean-up resume, Mayor Curatone. If you’re a betting man, I’d take the the over (Wynn Boston Harbor completed) if I were you.