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Medford council votes no on casino

Medford became the second neighboring city to voice opposition to a potential casino ­development in Everett when the City Council voted 5 to 2 Tuesday to oppose any such ­development on the old ­Monsanto Chemical Co. site.

The Massachusetts casino law requires any development to receive referendum approval from the host community. It ­also requires the developer to negotiate mitigation with neighboring communities.

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Mayor Joseph Curtatone of Somerville has vowed to do every­thing in his power to block a casino development in Everett if it means building a new Interstate 93 ramp through Somerville.

Michael Marks — a Medford city councilor who lives in ­Wellington, a neighborhood about 1 mile  from the Everett site — called for the vote at the council’s meeting.

“There is no inherent value of having a casino within three-quarters of a mile of a residential neighborhood in our city,” Marks said, adding he would continue to bring it up at council meetings as long as Everett considers a casino development.

Councilors Breanna Lungo-Koehn, Robert Maiocco, Rick Caraviello, and Robert ­Penta joined Marks in favoring the resolution.

“You don’t have to be a ­magician to figure this one out,” Penta said. “It’s just going to have a huge impact.”

Traffic on Route 16 in ­Medford is already a problem and would only be exacerbated by a casino, Penta said. The 37-acre Monsanto site is located on Alford Street, just off Route 16.

Medford Mayor Michael McGlynn  has said he will not take a position on a casino until an official proposal is made.

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