Rolling the Dice

Rolling the Dice

Coverage of casino licensing and the gambling referendum

Curtatone making up with Wynn

Curtatone making up with Wynn

Signs agreement promising to be good neighbor

SOMERVILLE MAYOR JOSEPH CURTATONE is making up with Wynn Resorts. The mayor, who delayed by several months the construction of the Wynn Resorts hotel and casino in Everett by challenging a state environmental permit for the project, said on Monday that he would not pursue the matter further in court and announced an agreement with(...)

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Wynn project shifts into gear

Wynn project shifts into gear

Largest private construction project in state history

WYNN RESORTS led everyone to believe it put construction of its $2.1 billion Everett casino and hotel on hold when Somerville challenged a key environmental permit, but the worksite on Thursday was humming with activity. Wynn officials called Thursday’s event a construction start, but it looked as if the true start happened some time ago.(...)

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An unlikely spot for a $2.1b hotel

An unlikely spot for a $2.1b hotel

Wynn complex surrounded by power plant, box stores, T facility

ON ONE SIDE is a massive power plant. On the other is a commuter rail line and a group of big box stores. To the rear is an MBTA repair facility. Not exactly the most likely spot for one of the poshest hotels on the East Coast, yet Steve Wynn thinks he can turn a(...)

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Wynn construction could start this week

Wynn construction could start this week

Somerville doesn’t pursue reconsideration of permit award

WYNN RESORTS is expected to move ahead with construction of its $2.1 billion hotel-casino complex in Everett this week after Somerville decided not to seek reconsideration of an environmental  permit awarded to the project. Denise Taylor, a spokeswoman for Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone, said the city does not intend to ask the state Department of(...)

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DEP chief OKs Wynn permit

DEP chief OKs Wynn permit

Casino operator moves closer to construction

THE COMMISSIONER of the Department of Environmental Protection issued a two-page decision on Friday affirming the issuance of a key environmental permit to Wynn Resorts for its $2 billion hotel-casino complex in Everett. The decision by Martin Suuberg, in response to an appeal by Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone, is still subject to reconsideration, but it(...)

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Wynn prevails in Somerville permit challenge

Wynn prevails in Somerville permit challenge

Casino construction can begin after commissioner OK

WYNN RESORTS on Friday moved a big step closer to beginning construction on its $2.7 billion hotel and casino in Everett when a state hearing officer said the Las Vegas company is deserving of a key environmental permit with a handful of modifications. The hearing officer, Jane Rothchild, recommended to the commissioner of the Department of(...)

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Building a government agency from scratch

Building a government agency from scratch

An inside look at the launch of the Mass Gaming Commission

 Photographs by Mark Morelli I’VE ALWAYS HAD MIXED FEELINGS about gambling. I had no moral concerns about it; indeed, for years my wife and I had enjoyed a day or two at the Saratoga racetrack each summer. Moreover, I had occasionally visited casinos throughout my life, actually becoming pretty good at blackjack when I was(...)

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The oddball ballot question

The oddball ballot question

Quest for 2d slots parlor stays under radar

One of the four questions certified for the November ballot is a political oddity. Most ballot question proponents are hungry for publicity, eager to get their point of view before voters. Three of the approved ballot questions — for legalizing marijuana, increasing the number of charter schools, and protecting farm animals — are mounting major(...)

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Committee OKs Lottery move online

Committee OKs Lottery move online

Lawmakers say younger people less likely to buy tickets

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE MASSACHUSETTS LOTTERY would be authorized to offer its products online and on mobile applications, something the Lottery has said is essential to maintaining and growing its revenues, under a bill given approval this week by a legislative committee. The Lottery has been looking for a “broad mandate” from the Legislature(...)

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Wynn: Curtatone appeal not delaying casino

Wynn: Curtatone appeal not delaying casino

Says cost of entry in Mass. is sky-high

STEVE WYNN said Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone’s appeal of an environmental permit for his company’s proposed Everett casino is groundless, but he no longer is saying the legal challenge is delaying the project. “It actually didn’t interfere with our timeline,” he told reporters on Wednesday after a speech to the Boston College Chief Executives Club(...)

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