In the race for the Greater Boston resort casino license, Las Vegas developer Steve Wynn seems to have some momentum, but the city of Boston may be trying to trip him up.
Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s administration is suggesting that some of Wynn’s planned Everett casino development may be in Boston, which would give the capital city far more rights under the law to affect the project.
That would include the right for Menino, who backs a competing casino plan at Suffolk Downs, to simply kill the Wynn proposal and eliminate a competitor.
Wynn said he is confident that Everett — where voters backed his plans in a landslide last month — is the only community that hosts his $1.3 billion proposal on the Mystic River waterfront, and he responded sharply to Boston’s suggestion otherwise.
“Our company comes to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts expecting fairness and transparency, and we fail to understand Mayor Menino’s continued efforts to frustrate a project that has the power to transform the city of Everett, bringing economic opportunity that has eluded it for decades,” Wynn said in a statement released through his spokesman. “We understand that the mayor favors another horse in this race, but we intend to remain focused on our project in Everett. The governing legislation’s definition of a host community is straightforward. By any reading, the host community for our project is the city of Everett.”
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