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Everett casino proposal presents a good opportunity for the area

 The 37-acre parcel once occupied by Monsanto Chemical Co. is being considered as a site for a casino in Everett.

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The 37-acre parcel once occupied by Monsanto Chemical Co. is being considered as a site for a casino in Everett.

I wish columnist Paul McMorrow had been in Everett for the last five years as we toured developers through the former Monsanto site (“Everett site has better use than a casino,” Op-ed, Dec. 4). We would love to have residences, offices, hotels, or retail. We courted developers who proposed these options. Unfortunately, nothing worked out.

That was not for lack of trying on the city’s part. We worked with current and previous site owners. We rejected plans that I thought did not fit a waterfront area, such as a bioenergy facility or a big-box store, the latter a decision with which McMorrow apparently agrees.

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The proposal from casino developer Steve Wynn not only would potentially revitalize a barren area on Everett’s edge, but could bring good jobs, a diverse development with a casino, hotel, retail, entertainment, and restaurants, and the highest caliber of resort. It not only would transform 37 acres, but could positively affect the entire community.

Given that Medford has Station Landing and Somerville boasts Assembly Square, there is a surplus of such mixed-use development nearby. The Wynn plan could bring something altogether different to the people of Everett and the surrounding area. I hope that McMorrow and others will keep an open mind until they see the proposal’s details.

Carlo DeMaria Jr.

Mayor of Everett

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