Wynn Boston Harbor Earns Approval for Opening Date

by Jim Hall

Wynn Boston HarborWynn Boston Harbor approved for their proposed opening date as well as final design plans.

Wynn Resorts is a top casino gaming company who operates casinos across the globe. The company is currently working on a huge venue in the state of Massachusetts known as the Wynn Boston Harbor. The casino has come under much scrutiny and taken a great deal of time and effort to come to fruition. Wynn Resorts has now announced that their venue will be ready for operation by summer of 2019.

Gaining Approvals

The Wynn Boston Harbor is a huge facility located along the waterfront that covers 3.3 million square feet of space. The Mystic River is seen from various points of the gaming venue located in Everett which is costing around $2.1 billion to create. This is the second gaming venue of this magnitude to be constructed in the state.

A rival venue, the MGM Springfield, will open before the Wynn Boston Harbor, as this facility has been given a launch date for 2018. Wynn Boston Harbor has been given approval to open on the 3rd of June 2019, which will be close to one year later than the MGM venue, owned by the MGM Resorts International Company. The MGM property has a smaller price tag for creation, at $950 million.

Two days ago, it was announced by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission that the plans were approved for the final design of the property in Everett along with the opening date. The development branch of the gambling operator, Wynn Design & Development, were able to put the final touches on the hotel plans as well as the casino, particularly the interior. State gambling commissioners were happy with the plans and decided to deem them approved.

Getting to Know Wynn Boston Harbor

The Wynn Boston Harbor resort is going to be huge with a 24 story hotel that is being created in the likeness of other Wynn properties such as Wynn Las Vegas and Encore. There will be several choices for food and beverage along with entertainment and shopping. A harborwalk is being created along the water front so guests can enjoy the beauty of the Mystic River. The construction of the venue is creating around 4,000 temporary employment positions while the casino will offer the same amount once operational, but in different positions.

Wynn Resorts the Top Choice

The Gaming Commission of the state had decided that Wynn Resorts was the right fit when trying to decide on a casino developer for the new gaming venue to be created in the Greater Boston area. Operators who were in the running but not chosen include Mohegan Sun and Suffolk Downs. Wynn Resorts was given a license for the gaming venue in 2014 but was unable to begin construction due to legal fights in court as there was much opposition to the project in Everett.

Cities near Everett, including Somerville and Boston, have been opposed to the project, arguing that construction of the gambling resort will bring more harm than good. Traffic as well as an increase in crimes are major concerns of those who are opposed. Wynn Resorts was able to prevail and has moved forward with the project. However, now it will take much longer to complete, with opening set for 2019, as long as construction takes place as expected.

The operator has to maintain the requirements that have been set via the licensing agreement with the state as well as pay certain monetary amounts to Everett as it is the host city as well as surrounding cities to be able to make surrounding municipalities feel better about the project.