Voter turnout is expected to be large Tuesday in Revere as residents head to the polls in a move that will determine whether Mohegan Sun will be able to move forward with a proposed $1.3 billion resort casino on land owned by the Suffolk Downs racetrack, according to WCVB.
Because the state's expanded gambling law allows for three regional resort casinos in Massachusetts, a Mohegan Sun casino would be in competition for the east region license with Wynn Resorts, which is looking to build a $1.6 billion casino along Mystic River in Everett, a project that could directly impact traffic in Charlestown, according to the report.
The proposed Mohegan Sun casino came about after East Boston voters rejected a previous plan to build a casino along the Boston-Revere line, which Revere voters supported.
Discussions of a large casino resort in Everett across the bridge from Charlestown's Sullivan Square have been ongoing, with representatives of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission deeming Las Vegas-based Wynn Resorts "suitable" to obtain a casino license in eastern Massachusetts in December. About 60 percent of the casino’s estimated traffic would come by way of Sullivan Square in Charlestown.
In a public hearing earlier this month, Jane Wheeler, an environmental consultant with CDM Smith explained that dust leftover from trucks carrying dirt laced with arsenic, lead and petroleum hydrocarbons from years of sulfur manufacturing on what was once a Monsanto chemical site would likely blow from west to east toward Boston.
City officials have also recently submitted comments regarding the Draft Environmental Impact Report regarding the proposal.