Wynn Rethinks Development Plans Near Encore Casino

BOSTON (SHNS) — Wynn Resorts is stalling plans to develop the land in front of its Encore Boston Harbor casino in Everett to include an entertainment venue, restaurants and parking, a Gaming Commission official said Wednesday morning.

Joe Delaney, community affairs chief for the Gaming Commission, said he was ready to brief the commission on Wednesday on the plan, which was to include an 1,800-seat entertainment venue, approximately 20,000 square feet of dining space and a garage with approximately 2,200 spaces. But he said he heard from casino officials last week that they had “decided to put the permitting process on hold for this development so that they can reassess whether the development as proposed is the best use for the site.”

On Wednesday, the Gambling Commission was set to address the issue of whether a development opposite the casino would be considered part of Encore’s “gaming facility” technical footprint and therefore subject to regulatory oversight by the commission and to the provisions of the State. law.

“There have been some issues with whether it’s part of the gaming establishment or not – it has certain impacts on their development – as well as COVID and other things that they’re looking at at this point,” said said Delaney. “So Encore has indicated to us that they will come back to us once that evaluation is complete and that they basically have a final proposal to move forward, either this one or with minor or major changes.”

The Boston Globe reported last month that the proposed development would be the first phase of Wynn Resorts’ efforts to transform the area along Broadway in Everett outside of its $2.6 billion resort casino. The Globe said the casino company wants to start construction this year and finish it in 2024.

Delaney said the plans are not being retired with Everett’s planning department, but the local public hearing process will essentially be put on hold until a more concrete plan is ready to be presented. He said the plan would first be presented to the Gambling Commission to determine whether the development would be part of the official gambling establishment.

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