Photo by Yoon S. Byun
Scale model of Wynn Resorts casino proposal on the Mystic River.
EVERETT — It wouldn’t fit on the jet, and barely fit through the door, but Wynn Resorts managed to get an architectural model of its proposed $1.2 billion casino resort set up in Everett, 10 days before voters have their say on the project at a critical citywide referendum.
Like a carefully crafted set-piece for a Godzilla sequel, the $90,000 model went on display today under meticulously arranged spot-lighting at the Chelsea Street campaign office of Everett United, the pro-casino group financed by Wynn.
The model, trucked to Everett from Las Vegas in large crates, stuck closely to renderings that Las Vegas developer Steve Wynn has released in recent months. The project featured a bronze glass tower and a long promenade of restaurants and retail stores stretching down a peninsula that juts into the Mystic River.
Gamal Aziz, president and chief operating officer of Wynn Resorts Development, offered a few new details at a news conference to present the model. Wynn intends to build a five-star hotel with 551 rooms, he said. The project will include an 18,000-square-foot ballroom and a 100,000-square-foot casino, in addition to a spa, nightclub, restaurants, shops and an indoor glass “winter garden.” Aziz said customers who want to avoid slot machines and blackjack tables would be able to visit other parts of the development without passing through the gambling floor.
Everett voters go to the polls June 22 to pass judgment on the proposal. No project can earn a casino license without the endorsement of the host community at a referendum. The vote in Everett will be the first binding casino vote in Massachusetts since the state legalized casinos in 2011.
Aziz said the model is more than a marketing tool, and that developers made changes to the design after seeing elements of the building and the surrounding landscaping modeled in scale.
Wynn is one of three competitors for the Greater Boston resort casino license. The others are Suffolk Downs, in East Boston, and Foxwoods, in Milford.