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Wynn Secures Greater Boston Casino License

Wynn Everett

Massachusetts gambling regulators today finalized the casino license award for the greater Boston region. 

   Acting gaming commission chairman James McHugh and officials from Wynn Resorts signed the paperwork authorizing the Las Vegas-based company to build a $1.6 billion casino in Everett, just north of Boston.          Wynn Senior Vice President Robert DeSalvio said the goal is to open the casino by the end of 2017.

    "We've always said the project in total will have a three year build out. That includes both environmental remediation and the construction phase of it."

   The gaming commission has also licensed MGM to build a casino in Springfield.  Construction of a slots machine parlor is underway in southeastern Massachusetts.  Voters in November will decide a referendum that could stop all the projects.   

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.