BOSTON (SHNS) – State gambling industry regulators on Thursday sounded supportive notes for a revamped design of the proposed Wynn Resorts casino in Everett.
The design, presented by Wynn Everett President Robert DeSalvio, mirrors the Wynn resort in Las Vegas, a bronze glass tower that curves and has a “swooping” top. The signature of the casino mogul Steve Wynn, who was personally involved in the design, is featured at the top of the proposed 24-story building.
The new design boosts the number of luxury hotel rooms to 629 from 504, and includes duplex suites overlooking the Mystic River. The number of parking spaces has been reduced to 3,400 from 3,700, and a planned convention and meeting space has been placed at the end of a proposed esplanade.
“It’s a way to combine a signature Wynn look with a local harborwalk and waterfront that’s representative of the Mystic River here in New England,” DeSalvio said.
Wynn officials will likely return to the commission in a month or two with additional details on the interior and the footprint for a formal sign-off on the changes to the $1.6 billion project.
Gaming Commissioner James McHugh, who oversaw the process which awarded the casino license to Wynn over Mohegan Sun’s bid to build a casino at Suffolk Downs in Revere, said the original Wynn plans were “uninspired.” The new design is showcases a “much more energetic, much more inviting building,” he told reporters.
Asked about Mohegan Sun yesterday joining a lawsuit against the gambling commission, McHugh said “that’s in the hands of the lawyers.”
Mohegan Sun joined a suit launched by the city of Revere and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 103 demanding that commission’s decision be vacated due to an alleged “flawed and inconsistent process” in the awarding of the casino license.
Officials in Somerville and Boston, including Mayor Marty Walsh, have filed separate suits against the commission.
Gaming Commission chair Stephen Crosby said “there’s nothing new” to Mohegan Sun joining Revere’s suit.
“We’re accustomed to lawsuits. There are always disappointed losers in these things,” he said. “The stakes are big and the law is part of the process, and you know, we’re comfortable that we had as transparent, and fair and open and widely viewed process, with widely understood rules, as a process could possibly be. But the legal process will take its course.”
When asked about Wynn’s new building design, Crosby called the original plans for the building “way below the Wynn norm for design quality.”
“This is just one commissioner speaking, and it’s only very top-of-mind, we haven’t seen very much, but I think the general sense is that this is a striking building, it is representative of the work that Wynn has done in other places, Macau and Las Vegas, and those are pretty distinguished buildings,” Crosby told reporters after the presentation. “So from one commissioner’s point of view, yeah I think this is a big step in the right direction.”
DeSalvio, the Wynn official, told commissioners that he will be in Las Vegas next week to look at layouts for the final floor plan, which will be presented to commissioners at a “later date.”