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Menino: Everett Casino Traffic Would Go Through Charlestown

The mayor said Tuesday that the developer of a Boston-area casino project had not yet approached the city with a proposal.

Mayor Thomas Menino said though he believes a casino project in Everett would impact Boston greatly, the developer behind that proposal has yet to seek input from city officials.

Following a press conference on his 2013-14 state legislative session goals, Menino was asked about Wynn LLC’s recent application to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to construct a resort-casino along the Mystic River in Everett and whether he thought the project would affect city traffic.

“You’d have to go through Charlestown, over the city’s property. That’s the gateway into the Everett site,” Menino said. “I’ve talked to several folks in development who’ve said to me that Boston leads into the site.”

The mayor also had concerns about how a nearby casino would tax the city’s infrastructure.

“Who’s paying for that? I’ve never heard anybody talk about the infrastructure, the roadways around the proposed Everett site,” he said.

Menino was also asked whether a second developer, Neil Bluhm of Mass Gaming and Entertainment, had presented his proposal to develop a casino in the Boston area.

The mayor’s response: “No.”

Tuesday was the deadline for developers to submit applications with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission for the first application phase. The process was set up following passage of the state’s expanded gaming law in 2011, which allows for casinos to be opened in the commonwealth.

As of early Tuesday, seven companies had submitted Phase 1 applications, and the $400,000 application fee, according to a news release posted on the Gaming Commission website.

“MGM, Penn National, Hard Rock and Mohegan Sun have indicated interest in competing in Western Massachusetts (Region B) for one of the state’s three resort-casino licenses,” the release stated. “Plainridge Racecourse, located in Plainville, Massachusetts, has indicated interest in competing for the state’s single slots-parlor license. Wynn, LLC has cited interest in pursuing a resort-casino license in Everett, MA (Region A).”

In addition, the operators of Suffolk Downs, partnering with Caesar’s Entertainment, have proposed a $1 billion resort-casino to be located at the site of the Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, the Boston Globe reported. Only one license is available in the Greater Boston area.

Wynn LLC Founder and CEO Steve Wynn is reportedly eying a 37-acre property in Everett—which formerly housed the Monsanto Chemical Co. plant—for his new casino, according to an article on Boston.com. Wynn’s past projects include the Bellagio, The Mirage and Treasure Island in Las Vegas.

The Everett project includes development of a resort hotel with between 300 and 500 rooms, the Globe reported.

And as the Boston Business Journal reported on Tuesday, Bluhm’s Mass Gaming and Entertainment has also submitted an application for the Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s Phase 1 review. The company is reportedly evaluating several sites in the Boston area.

Just a person! January 16, 2013 at 01:42 PM
Hey! Surface option people! How's this work for you? Hahaha, what a joke!
Robs January 16, 2013 at 01:50 PM
yikes.. like we need boston to be the next Atlantic City... Let's continue to use our brains and stick to bio-tech and education....
Joseph January 16, 2013 at 01:54 PM
Well if this doesn't throw a wrench into everyone's ideas of what would be the best option, I don't know what will. Build the tunnel, we'll never see this traffic. Now's the time to build a ferry terminal in the Navy Yard that will take casino goers up the Mystic River, directly to the casino. Build a 4 story parking garage on Parcel 39A. Gold Jerry, Gold!!!!
Velvet Jones January 16, 2013 at 03:45 PM
So now Mumbles suddenly cares about Charlestown ?
Charlestown joe January 16, 2013 at 04:45 PM
How does that two lane Boulivard look now? With the 50 foot buffer and all the pretty landscape,bike paths, benches and parks? Doubt it! And Rutherford Ave it is the only way to get from Boston to Everett! Any other bright ideas? How about we close both sides of the tunnel, and eliminate Austin St intersection and make it a HOV lane directly to the casino!
Tom Murphy January 16, 2013 at 05:03 PM
Velvet: Take a walk around town and you will see the impact that Menino has had on Charlestown. Have you ever walked down to the Medford Street football field, the new field at the Oiley's or the new playgrounds on Hill Street, Union Street and up at the Bunker Hill pool. Have you seen how many streets have been repaved throughout the town? We pay our fair share of real estate taxes, but get a very good bang for our dollar! When Ray Flynn was mayor, we sure in hell did not get that much return on what we contribute to the city coffers.
electtomdooley January 16, 2013 at 06:46 PM
Boston taxpayers should all have a say in this, even if it is through our 13 member expensive, well compensated City Council, they all have an office with staff and interns. Everything Menino expressed applies equally well to Suffolk Downs; $ half BILLION in infrastructure costs (to be paid by the rest of Massachusetts), and traffic though Boston, Eastie, Revere, Chelsea, Medford, Everett, Cambridge, etc. If we build it, let's put it at Seaport District or over Mass. Pike with a new T station.
mike shackford January 16, 2013 at 07:33 PM
Tom Murphy im glad you can name 4 things that Menino has done for this town. However if you look around the rest of this city we are still considered the red headed step child. Menino has been in office for a long time the fact the all,you named was parks and fields that he has done for us should show you that he hasnt done much.
Tom Murphy January 16, 2013 at 08:15 PM
Mike: That was just four things off the top of my head. Take a look at large municipalities and look at crime rate stats compared to Boston which are down significantly. Look at crime rate stats in Charlestown. Pretty damn safe as far as I am concerned. Apartments and housing is in demand as Boston is a very attractive city to live, work and play. In your opinion what hasn't he done? You don't have to like the Mayor, but i will bet my last dollar that this town is a hell of a lot better than it was during the White and Flynn administrations.
Velvet Jones January 16, 2013 at 08:57 PM
Tom ,compared to Southie, JP , Hyde Park ,W.Roxbury or Rozzy ? He's been mayor for over 20 years so I should hope he's done a few things. BTW, don't take this the wrong way, but you sound like you work for him. I can take Mumbles or leave him , I'm not hating on him, but I think it's time for retirement, and he is a petty man , I personally know that he threatened people in his office if they supported Danny Ryan over Sal Lamattina for City Council, so I could image what else he has done.
Brian Morrison January 16, 2013 at 09:02 PM
mike what is it that your longing for that isn't done yet ?
Noreen Manning January 16, 2013 at 09:19 PM
So back to the Casino...and back to Rutherford Avenue...My understanding is that there was money set aside for the design of an OPTION, but the process is taking so long that the Governor is starting to take some of the money away (a million out of 12 million is what I think I heard, so don't beat me up if I'm wrong). I also heard that there is NO MONEY AT ALL FOR ACTUAL CONSTRUCTION! So what will come first...the final decision on a design? (How the heck are we going to determine that the ENTIRE community is in agreement with whatever design)? The transportation planners could come back to Charlestown for years, and never the twain shall meet. If no decision on the design, does the casino get approved anyway? ...and the beat goes on on on on on on...
Charlestown joe January 17, 2013 at 12:13 AM
Hey Tom let's us not forget the lovely sh-- disposal factory that we got from the wonderful Tom Menino over on Alford St,(that southie didn't want in their town) so the mayor gave it to us, how lucky we are.
Steve Norton January 17, 2013 at 07:41 PM
Menino: Everett Casino Traffic Would Go Through Boston - Jamaica Plain, MA Patch
Steve Norton January 17, 2013 at 07:51 PM
The best bet to keep traffic problems down in Boston, is to support the proposed casino in Palmer, West on I-90. This would keep the majority of Boston's population, and their cars, out of the City when they want to visit a resort casino. Whether a Boston area casino is in Revere, Medford, Everett, Taunton or the home of the Patriots, traffic congestion is going to be an issue. Facetiously, Boston might be better off with no casino, or as many states have decided, first by New Jersey in 1974 (60% against) for NIMBY (Not In My BackYard). Two years later NJ reversed its decision (57% in favor) to save their dying beach resort, Atlantic City, with resort casinos.
Charlestown joe January 18, 2013 at 12:15 AM
And now you can't even go outside of the casinos in Atlantic city after dark. So what did they get out of it, one word "trouble"
Charlestown joe January 18, 2013 at 12:16 AM
Hey Tom Ask your boss Menino, if he would want it in his back yard!

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