I have stayed at Steve Wynn’s Resorts in Las Vegas. Both Wynn and Encore (WynCore) are extravagant. The detail in a Wynn Resort far outshines other industry giants. The amenities are second to none. The gambling? – well, unless you’re a high roller, it’s not that great. But that’s for another post when it opens in 2019!
Chris Gordon, president of Wynn Design & Development in Massachusetts, said the project is on track for its planned opening date of June 3, 2019. Joe Delaney, the Gaming Commission’s construction project oversight manager, said is “aggressive” though “achievable.” If it can be done, Steve-o will get it done. Popeye (to he left) will be a centerpiece in the lavish main lobby of the Wynn Boston Harbor
Did you know Mr. Wynn has his roots in Connecticut? Steve Wynn was born on January 27, 1942, in New Haven, Connecticut. In 1967, he then moved to Las Vegas, where he renovated and expanded the Golden Nugget. After acquiring interests in several other casinos, he built the high-end casinos The Mirage on the Strip and The Bellagio. The 3-pronged hotel style became famous due to Steve Wynn, along with elegance, art collections in the casino, and an emphasis on the resort, not just the gambling. In 2005, he opened the Wynn Las Vegas. A year later, he opened Wynn Macau. Wynn recently opened Encore Las Vegas and Encore Macau.
Now we look forward to Wynn Boston Harbor. Located on the banks of the Mystic River on a former chemical plant site in Everett, the $2.1 billion casino development is the third largest privately financed construction project in the United States. According to Wynn, it is the largest single-phase private development in the history of Massachusetts. Wynn has cleaned up the site and built foundation walls with plans to start steel work on the 29-story tower later this year or in January, according to the company.
The plans approved by the MGC call for:
- 671 hotel rooms
- more than 200,000 square feet of space for retail, dining, a spa, a night club and meeting rooms.
- a large gaming floor with high stakes rooms and a poker room overlooking it
- a total of 4,250 gaming positions, a reduction from prior plans for 4,580 gaming positions.
- 2,931 parking spaces on-site and 800 off-site.
- a “small indoor pool”. However, in the latest approval the company ditched these earlier plans to, instead, encourage guests to visit area beaches and other attractions. (A pool should be included – beach season is only 4-5 months in New England)
In all accounts, this will become the casino that all others in New England radiate out from. The jewel, framed, centered, in a case of various other gems, small and large. It will be something to make gamblers across the country take notice.