BOSTON Wynn Resorts is postponing job fairs and the groundbreaking for its $1.7 billion Everett casino, citing a lawsuit from the city of Somerville.
Wynn President Robert DeSalvio said at a press conference Wednesday that the delays are necessary because of Somerville’s administrative appeal, filed last week with the state over a key environmental permit that was awarded for the project last month.
DeSalvio said the case is causing a costly delay, but the casino will eventually be built.
“I also want to make sure that I’m very clear that we are not going anywhere, that we will get this project started as soon as possible, and we will get this amazing project done,” he said.
Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone is appealing the permit because he says additional traffic brought by the casino will negatively impact his city and the health of its residents, the Associated Press reported last week.
“Worsening traffic is far more than just a simple nuisance. It is a serious health threat,” Curtatone reiterated at a press conference, held after DeSalvio’s Wednesday.
Curtatone says Wynn casino will put 18000 more cars onto the roads, pumping exhaust into neighborhoods. pic.twitter.com/qvIEcM3Xqv
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The casino’s groundbreaking had been scheduled for April.
Somerville’s challenge comes just after Wynn settled a legal battle with the city of Boston after agreeing to increase its payments to the city.