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Wynn Massachusetts Casino Project On Hold

Artists rendering of proposed Wynn casino in Everett Mass.
Wynn Resorts

Construction work has abruptly stopped on one of the two resort casinos planned in Massachusetts.

Faced with a legal appeal to an environmental permit, Wynn Resorts froze all hiring, cancelled job fairs, and postponed the scheduled groundbreaking for the $1.7 billion casino in Everett, just north of Boston. 

Its means the MGM Springfield casino should be the first to open in the state. MGM Springfield President Mike Mathis said construction work on the $950 million project will be ratcheting up this summer.

" We are absolutely on track for our opening in the fall of '18," Mathis said this week.

The MGM casino’s scheduled opening was already delayed a year because of the reconstruction of the I-91 viaduct through downtown Springfield.

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.