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Wynn Boston Harbors Receives Another Key Permit

Casino Developer Could Clear Last Hurdle Next Month


The town of Everett has given Steve Wynn’s $2 billion casino project a necessary building permit, according to a report from The Boston Globe.

Wynn Boston Harbor paid $5 million for the latest permit, which is part of $30 million it has committed to Everett. Wynn also brokered a deal with neighboring Boston to move the project along.

The last remaining hurdle is the opposition from Somerville, which is challenging an environmental permit that Wynn received. A hearing on that dispute is planned for June 2. Construction is currently on hold, pending the resolution of the issue with Somerville.

A federal criminal trial involving the land Wynn purchased to build the casino was resolved April 29, when a jury found three men accused of fraud in the sale of the land to Wynn not guilty.

The delays experienced by Wynn and MGM Resorts International, which is building a nearly $1 billion casino in Springfield, have positioned the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe to likely be the group to open the state’s first Las Vegas-style casino.

The Mashpee Wampanoag broke ground on its Taunton casino in April, and just days ago the Massachusetts Gaming Commission decided to deny approval to a second casino in the same region as the tribe’s $1 billion casino.

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