Boston Mayor-elect Martin J. Walsh says he will not rule out legal action to stop a Mohegan Sun casino at Suffolk Downs from locating in Revere.
In a move that has generated widespread controversy, Suffolk Downs is proposing to build the project in Revere after East Boston voters rejected the racetrack’s earlier effort to bring a casino to their neighborhood.
“I don’t want to rule that out,” Walsh said when asked about the potential for litigation Wednesday. “Legal action can happen at any point, [any] step of the way. I am not ruling [it] out. I am not saying I am going forward right now.”
But while he was unwilling to take legal action off the table, Walsh also said Boston will be a surrounding community to the Revere proposal or a competing casino bid in Everett, if either project wins final approval. And under state law, surrounding communities can negotiate for compensation from a casino that operates in their region.
“I’ve got to make sure people of those [East Boston] neighborhoods get something out of [a] deal if it happens,” said Walsh, who takes office next month.
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