A 24-story, $1.7 billion Wynn Resort casino is coming to Everett in 2018. But since Wynn Resorts Limited won the sole license to build a full-scale casino in Eastern Massachusetts two years ago, it's been plagued by conflict.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh's long-standing and public opposition to the casino was just dropped in January, after the casino agreed to pay the city to offset its impact and alleviate traffic. Now, the casino's being challenged by Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone.
And while the casino's been hung up in these legal battles, the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe has announced its own plans to open a $1 billion casino by 2017, making it the state's first full-scale casino.
WBUR midday news anchor Jack Lepiarz sat down with Steve Wynn to talk about what he's thinking.
- "Boston Mayor Marty Walsh on Wednesday night announced he’d reached a surrounding community agreement after engaging in direct talks with Wynn Resorts CEO Steve Wynn. The city will drop its legal efforts. The deal comes more than a month after a judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by Boston in an attempt to block the $1.7 billion casino plan in Everett."
This segment aired on March 15, 2016.