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Everett Voters Approve Wynn's Casino Plan

86 Percent Of Turnout Says OK To Proposal

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Citizens of Everett, Massachussets approved Steve Wynn’s plan to build a $1.2 billion casino on a vacant plot of land that once was home to a Monsanto Chemical site.

A total of 6,157 eligible voters turned out, and 86 percent approved the proposal. A final decision will come from the state Gaming Commission at a to-be-determined date.

“The voters of Everett have spoken clearly and decisively,” Steve Wynn, CEO of Wynn Resorts, said in a statement. “The vote heightens our enthusiasm and dedication to this fine project. We thank the voters for their support and making all our efforts so easy.”

Wynn, owner of properties around the world including those on the Las Vegas Strip, is eying the Boston area in order to boost the company’s profits. The state legalized casinos in 2011, and it has been a slow process of deciding who will win the three bids.

Wynn wants to build a five-star hotel with 551 rooms and an 18,000-square-foot ballroom. The casino would have a 100,000-square-foot gaming floor, among other amenities.

Everett has a population of about 42,000, but it would be ideal because of its close proximity to one of the most heavily populated and visited metro areas in the country.

Wynn Resorts is also eying a potential casino in Philadelphia, if it can win a bid there as well.