Maps released by Wynn Resorts on Wednesday indicate that all of the company’s proposed Mystic River casino development lies within Everett, bolstering the company’s claim that the City of Boston is not a host community for the project and therefore cannot block it.
But Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s administration was not ready to give up, saying the Charlestown neighborhood near the proposed development should get to vote on whether to accept the Wynn proposal.
“It is easy to draw lines on a map and circumvent the boundaries of the city, but that doesn’t circumvent the impacts to the city,” said Menino’s spokeswoman Dot Joyce. “The city will continue to fight for the full protection of Charlestown and the people of Charlestown.”
Menino and Wynn are in an ongoing dispute over whether part of Wynn’s proposed resort is in Boston. If it is, Boston could be designated a host community for the project under state law, giving the city broad power over the development, including the power to kill it. Boston’s claim rests with the odd shape of the city line, which darts across the Mystic River into the edge of the former Monsanto chemical site where Wynn intends to build.
The state gambling panel brought the two sides together Wednesday to present their arguments at a public forum.
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