We asked the candidates for mayor in Everett three questions related to the $1.2 million resort casino that is being proposed by Steve Wynn. Question 3: If Everett is not selected for the casino, what future do you see for the former Monsanto site? See questions one and two.
MILLIE CARDELLO, Ward 1 Alderwoman
In the event that the casino does not come to Everett, I believe that the site in question will still be a desirable location for development. Some years ago there was a large development company that had plans to develop the site with retail, residential, and a marina. Keep in mind, the city does not own the land, it is not ours to sell. The current owners would have to market the land to potential buyers and the city would have to approve any development that would be proposed.
CARLO DEMARIA JR., Mayor
In 2011, my administration did a master plan for Lower Broadway that included that site. At that time, the possibility of a Wynn resort was not on the table. We envisioned higher and better uses for many properties along Lower Broadway and we are seeing some of those come to fruition with the Batch Yard, a 300-unit market rate housing development already under construction. For that site, we envisioned a strong, active use like a mixed-use development with office space and retail mixed with luxury housing.
ROBERT VAN CAMPEN, Ward 5 Alderman
Lower Broadway is primed for developments similar to those we have seen in surrounding communities — such as Station Landing in Medford. These types of developments are the wave of the future in communities like Everett. There have been a number of potential developers who have looked at this site over the past 10 to 15 years. Those development proposals have included a water park, a combined residential/retail project, a new ballpark for a minor league baseball team, and — as recently advocated by the current mayor — a construction debris processing plant.
I would encourage a smart growth project for this site. Our proximity to Boston, major highways, and public transportation makes lower Broadway an ideal location for a mixed-use, smart growth development.