BOSTON (WWLP) – One day after deciding to award the Boston area’s sole casino license to Wynn Resorts, members of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission met again. On Tuesday, the panel voted 3-1 to award the license to Wynn over Mohegan Sun’s rival proposal at Suffolk Downs in Revere.
At Wednesday’s meeting in the Dorchester section of Boston, Wynn accepted the commission’s terms, and signed the license agreement for “Region A”, which includes Worcester, Middlesex, Essex, Suffolk, and Norfolk Counties.
The commission has already awarded licenses to MGM Springfield for “Region B” (western Massachusetts), and Penn National for the state’s sole slots parlor license. They have yet to make a decision about “Region C;” the southeastern region of Massachusetts.
Wynn plans to open the $1.6 billion casino along the Mystic River, just north of Boston in Everett. The panel ultimately picked Wynn because of their strong development plan. They fronted more money for construction, and project their casino would create more jobs and offer higher pay.
Still, it’s far from a done deal, as the entire fate of casino gambling rests in the hands of Massachusetts voters. On November 4, voters will decide whether or not to repeal the state’s 2011 casino law and make gambling again illegal in Massachusetts.
Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria believes a casino would benefit his community, but it really comes down to what Massachusetts voters think of the state’s gaming law on Election Day.
“I don’t feel that it’s going to be overturned. I think people understand that there are a lot of people out of work, but this is something that can generate a lot of jobs,” DeMaria said.
Wynn Resorts has proposed nearly 4,400 jobs with a $170 million payroll.