City of Boston Sues Massachusetts Gaming Commission
The City of Boston has sued the Massachusetts Gaming Commission in an effort to block the planned Wynn casino in nearby Everett. Boston has argued that their residents should be allowed to vote on the planned $1.6 billion development as they are the ones that will have to bear the brunt of any extra traffic congestion as well as any environmental impact the casino may have.
According to the complaint filed in court, the city of Boston believe that the Massachusetts Gaming Commission should nullify the casino license it awarded to Everett and name Boston as a host of the development as the city is adjacent to Boston, who may be impacted negatively from unforeseen consequences as a result of the placement of the casino.
“It has always been our belief that Boston is a host community,” said the Mayor of Boston, Martin Walsh, in a statement released to the press. “Our priority is to protect the people of Boston and ensure the safety of our neighborhoods.”
In September of last year, the Gaming Commission awarded the sole license to Wynn Resorts after they beat main rivals, the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority. Wynn plans to build the casino at the site of an old chemical plant on the banks of the Mystic River, just off Route 99 and across the river from Charlestown and Somerville.
Wynn Resorts has only recently finalized the acquisition of the land which once housed the Monsanto chemical site. Wynn has reported that they paid $35 million for the land which is part of the total $1.75 billion casino resort being planned by Wynn.
Speaking at a press conference, President of Wynn Everett, Robert DeSalvio said: “This is a very important development that took years to achieve, but will be well worth it for the City of Everett and the commonwealth of Massachusetts for decades to come. The acquisition of the property keeps us on schedule and moving closer to construction. Today we hit the ‘go’ button and we’re not stopping until a spectacular Wynn Resort with a new waterfront public park for all to access and enjoy is completed.”
While the court case has not yet prevented the casino from being built, it has caused a halt to proceedings with Mayor Walsh doing all he can to ensure Boston is not left in disarray.
“With Boston providing the sole access point to the casino site, the vast majority of patrons would be required to drive through Rutherford Avenue and Sullivan Square in Charlestown, an area that already faces severe traffic congestions,” said Walsh when questioned about his lawsuit. “To protect the people of Boston and to ensure the safety of our neighborhoods it is clear to us that this [lawsuit] is the best and only way to move forward, for Charlestown, for the City of Boston and for the entire Commonwealth.”
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