Wynn holds back hotel rendering
Pokes fun at Walsh instead
Casino magnate Steve Wynn was poised to unveil a rendering of his new Everett casino design Thursday night at a real estate event, but for some reason he changed his mind and decided to poke some fun at Boston Mayor Marty Walsh instead.
Wynn was ticking off some of the economic benefits of his $1.75 billion hotel/casino project: $130 million in infrastructure money, of which $76 million would go to Boston; 10,000 to 15,000 direct and indirect jobs: $50 million a year to the state of Massachusetts; and more visitors than the New England Patriots, the Boston Red Sox, and the Boston Celtics attract in a year.
“I don’t expect a parade or anything, but maybe a fruit basket,” Wynn quipped. “The mayor is suing me because it’s not enough.”
Walsh and the mayors of Somerville and Revere are suing the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, not Wynn. But Wynn is taking it personally because the mayors are suing the commission for awarding the eastern Massachusetts casino license to him.
Wynn aides said the Las Vegas-based casino operator had a slide lined up showing his new rendering of the Everett casino, which reportedly uses the same bronze-colored glass as his casinos in Vegas. Officials at the Gaming Commission criticized his initial design as too drab.
Wynn also dismissed a question about whether New England has reached the saturation point on casinos. Wynn said that, to him, it’s not how many casinos there are in an area. “It’s how good they are,” he said.He promised his hotel — not the casino — will be good enough to draw visitors from around the world (he hailed the recent addition of nonstop flights to Logan from Shanghai, Beijing, and Hong Kong) and from across the United States. In fact, he suggested Everett will be his first location where he isn’t squaring off against a competitor next door or just down the street. He said he was looking forward to that.
“I hope the mayor doesn’t slow us down,” he said.