Casino Projects – Wynn Boston Harbor, Mashpee First Light and Brockton Fairgrounds, oh my! – Part #3

Part #3 – Our final look at Massachusetts’s Casino “Explosion in the East.” is Wynn Everett, or now called “Wynn Boston Harbor.”

“I could care less about Taunton,” Steve Wynn said, speaking at his company’s offices in Medford. “We thrive when there’s lots of activity. I’m happy to compete with any tribe and wish them all the best. ”

Wynn Boston Harbor

Wynn Boston Harbor

Bragging? Arrogance?   Not really, he’s right.  I’ve said it once and will say it again, Wynn’s complex will be the jewel of New England. That’s why Massachusetts would be much better off letting him build the casino project, now renamed Wynn Boston Harbor.  Even the name exudes the class and all encompassing excellence that we will be Mr. Wynn will present us with.

Concerning changing the name, Wynn said the name change – the casino had been referred to as Wynn Everett – works because the Mystic River feeds into Boston Harbor.

rendering of entranc at Wynn Boston Harbor

rendering of entranc at Wynn Boston Harbor

Wynn said he expected a challenge from the next door city of Somerville, which is concerned about the impact of traffic from the casino, to be dismissed relatively quickly, and said he is looking to break ground on July 1. “I’m sure that this will pass,” Wynn said.

The complex will be as amazing as Bellagio was when first introduced to Las Vegas. The following is from Seth Daniel’s article for Everett Independant:

That stuff that Steve is planning for this lavish resort includes:

Grand Foyer at Wynn Boston Harbor

Grand Foyer at Wynn Boston Harbor

  • a grand foyer that features an all-flower sculpture as one enters – a sculpture that would feature a carousel, a Ferris Wheel or a Faberge egg. Under it would be a flower design with the inspiration coming from a sea anemone.
  • two opposing crescent-shaped escaltors is the $23 million ‘Popeye the sailor man’ sculpture – purchased by Wynn specifically for the Everett property even before he had the gaming license. The curving escalators – which Wynn said cost 10 times as much as a traditional, straight escalator, curve inward and deposit one on the Mezzanine level of the resort.popeye
  • The retail portion and restaurants would branch off in both directions, but a mall type of structure would stretch out towards the Mystic River. The shops, he said, will be the same as other Wynn resorts, including Gucci, Louis Vuitton and others. One focal point within all of those grandiose pieces was the fact that there was no casino within sight.
  • The casino floor is huge, with two elevated gaming areas – one of which is likely to be the new sports bar concept that will be first unveiled at the Everett casino. The floor contains hundreds of slot stations, with gaming tables interspersed. The layout of the gaming will have segregated games, so that blackjack isn’t right next to roulette. Instead, similar games will be next to one another.

But there is still the problem of Somerville  Mayor Joe Curtatone stopping the progress with mitigation.  Is it that traffic problems will cost Somerville millions, or is it that Somerville has their hand our for a little extra cash.?

Sullivan Square Rotary

View of the Sullivan Square Rotary. (photo by Stuart Cahill) Somerville

Whatever the reason, Wynn dismissed it as just a momentary bump. Steve Wynn said he intends to break ground on his newly dubbed Wynn Boston Harbor casino in Everett by July 1, labeling the appeal of a key environmental permit that’s forced him to stall construction an “irritation” but not a significant roadblock.

Steve Wynn

Steve Wynn

In the same week, Steve Wynn also brushed off questions concerning the huge resort/casino by the Mashpee Wampanoags that will compete.  Wynn said he’s only operated in competitive markets, such as Las Vegas and Macau, and welcomes it. “I could care less about Taunton.”

While all the chaos continues in New England’s Gaming Industry, there’s one thing we can depend on – Steve Wynn will make a huge impact on New England’s gambling, retail, dining and entertainment community. Love him or hate him, Steve Wynn is success personified.

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Steve Wynn’s Everett Casino Will Happen

Wynn Everett

Wynn Everett, MA

There is no doubt, Steve Wynn’s Everett Casino will happen. When it comes to making things happen in the Casino Industry, a Steve Wynn commitment is really never in doubt.  That’s why Wynn Everett is not an “IF” but a “WHEN.” Steve Wynn’s Everett Casino will happen.

Proposed Site of Wynn Everett

Proposed Site of Wynn Everett

Let’s face it, like him or not, he gets the job done.  So, when I read Erick Trickey’s article in Boston Magazine “Don’t Bet on It,” I knew he couldn’t be talking about Wynn.  It’s Steve Wynn! C’mon, man!  The fact he hasn’t gone anywhere yet means Steve-O  sees $$$. It will happen in Everett and I predict will be the Jewel of New England’s casinos. And so does Mr. Trickey, saying it’s a 1-3 bet to become a reality – even with all the cleanup involved.  A HUGE clean-up will take place – chemical waste before Wynn Everett is built and then $$$ after it’s built.

Contractors working on the area where the proposed Wynn Casino in Everett will exist. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Contractors working on the area where the proposed Wynn Casino in Everett will exist. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Barrow Believes in Project

Trickey quotes David Barrow, who has seemingly become the gaming industry Nostradamus in these here parts, saying, “Wynn has the Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s approval in hand, notes Clyde Barrow, project manager for the Northeastern Casino Gaming Research Project, so the only potential roadblock is the environmental cleanup of the site. “I think it will be built,” Barrow says. As for Boston’s opposition, Barrow asks, “To what extent is it really just an effort to negotiate a better deal?”

Wynn has already started fulfilling his obligations to state – the clean up has already begun.  This week, Wynn announced that Suffolk Construction Co., a Massachusetts company, will be the general contractor for the gambling facility being built on the site of a former chemical plant, calling the project the 3-million-square-foot project the “largest private single-phase construction project” in state history. Wynn and Suffolk say construction will create 4,000 jobs, while an additional 4,000 permanent jobs will be created when the casino opens.

Related Post – Wynn Gets Boston License – Pros & Cons

Conclusion

Wynn Everett, no matter how it was “given” the license, will be exciting to see and experience.  Many concerns still remain – community agreements, law suits, traffic concerns, etc.  But in five years it will be all forgotten.  Steve Wynn has a way of making the finished product speak for itself – loudly drowning out the concerns of previous years.  It’s time to embrace it – Wynn Everett is here to stay.

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Massachusetts Casino Region C – “To Be or Not To Be,” That IS the Question

Massachusetts Regions for full casinos.

Massachusetts Regions for full casinos. Doesn’t include Mashpee Wampanoags in Taunton or Plainridge Park Slot Parlor in Plainville.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has its hands full, it seems.

Steve Crosby, Chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission

Steve Crosby, Chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission

MGC Chairman Steve Crosby seems to thing all plans have a chance to work itself out.  The problem is, many others are doubting it will all come to fruition.  In a previous post 5 Reasons New England Gamblers Will Decide Where the Casino Money Goes, John Kostrzewa points to important considerations in New England’s Casino future – something Mr. Crosby and the Massachusetts Gaming Commission should read.

Let’s look at their original plan:

Plainridge Park Casino

Plainridge Park Casino

SLOTS ONLY LICENSE – Plainridge Park Casino gets the revenue stream started, keeping Mass gamblers in state and luring way Rhode Island gamblers.  So far, it has been very successful while seeing a decline each month after its opening.

Wynn Everett Resort Everett, Mass

Wynn Everett Resort Everett, Mass

 

 

REGION A LICENSE – Wynn is hand picked after sending home Caesars, then allowing the glitz of Vegas to dismiss Mohegan Sun.

Wynn is now starting the clean-up of the old Monsanto waste site, in litigation with numerous parties, and considering changes to its proposal as this is posted.

MGM Springfield

New rendering of MGM Springfield’s

REGION B LICENSE – MGM Resorts is chosen in Springfield, only to have unapproved changes made, and delays estimated to put off the opening for three years.  Connecticut continues to pressure the MGM project with a third Casino of its own in a joint effort from Mohegan Sun & Foxwoods – somewhere withing the vicinity of 30 miles from Springfield.

Proposed Brockton Casino

Proposed Brockton Casino

REGION C LICENSE – Only Brockton remains, but hasn’t been given the license because of the rebirth of the Wampanoags Taunton project.  The MGC is taking a wait and see path, as Twin River bulks up with additional tables, added poker room, a hotel, and possibly moving Newport Grand to Tiverton – across the border from Plainridge Park in Plainville.

How is this all panning out?  Originally, four Mass. casinos would be looting & pillaging CT & RI casinos by 2017.  But it’s not looking like the plan is on track.

The main concern at this time for the Massachusetts Gaming Commission is should a Region C license be awarded at all.  According to MGC Chair Steve Crosby, “They can coexist……They would cannibalize one another. Neither one of them would do as well.”

But the main concern here isn’t casinos, community involvement, traffic, or lawsuits.  It’s cash, moolah, the almighty buck.

The expansive Mashpee Wampanoag  Casino Proposal in Brockton, Mass.

The expansive Mashpee Wampanoag Casino Proposal in Brockton, Mass.

Under the compact between the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and Massachusetts, the state would collect 17% of the tribal casino’s gaming revenues, compared with 25% of revenues from the commercial casino. However, the tribal casino would not be required to pay taxes if a commercial casino were to open in the same region. Which would mean the same number of gamblers, but half the revenue to the state. Would the MGC deny Rush Gaming a chance in Brockton because the Mashpee Wampanoags project looks more likely to happen than three months ago? Is one large Tribal casino better than two casinos – tribal and commercial – co-existing?

Remember, the Massachusetts  Casino Law in 2011 didn’t become law because the Massachusetts legislature thought adding the devil of gambling to its list of tourist attractions, it was the greedy devil from within to get their Bay State money back that had been spent by Massachusetts patrons for years in Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Spock in "Amok Time" - Star Trek.

Spock in “Amok Time” – Star Trek.

I guess it’s not that easy to build a casino and hear the stream of money drop into Massachusetts coffers.  Dear Mr. Crosby, “With great power comes great responsibility.” Or,  as Spock said in Star Trek, season 2, episode 1 (“Amok Time,” 1968) , ““After a time, you may find that having is not so pleasing a thing after all as wanting. It is not logical, but is often true.”

That’s all for now.

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