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State gaming board denies Boston request for more time to review casino plans

Mayor Martin J. Walsh will not get the extra month he requested from the state gambling commission to review documents related to two casino projects, and must meet Monday’s deadline for the city to accept the developers’ invitations to negotiate compensation for the city as a “surrounding community” to each project.

Walsh wanted the extra time for the city to review the documents to determine if Boston has grounds to claim it is a host community for one or both projects on the city’s borders. Host communities, under state law, have far more leverage in negotiations and have the right to vote on casino proposals.

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Instead, representatives of the commission on Friday suggested that Walsh accept offers from the casino companies, Wynn Resorts and Mohegan Sun, to negotiate compensation as a surrounding community, with the understanding that Boston could later press any claims to the more powerful and lucrative position of host.

Walsh, in a statement Friday evening, said he was “disappointed in the Gaming Commission’s failure to grant Boston the extension requested.”

“The commission has refused to grant Boston a mere 30 additional days to review 43,000 pages of documents, the vast majority of which we are seeing for the first time,” Walsh said.

Wynn has proposed a casino in Everett, near the Boston border. Mohegan Sun has pitched a gambling resort on the Revere side of Suffolk Downs, the racetrack that straddles the East Boston-Revere city line.

The two projects are competing for the sole Grater Boston resort casino license.


Mark Arsenault can be reached at mark.arsenault@globe.com.