EVERETT, MA (March 22, 2016)—Representatives from Wynn Boston Harbor presented the culmination of more than three years of exhausting environmental and traffic analysis in its draft Section 61 findings to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission today.
At the request of the Commission, the presentation covered the cumulative findings of more than 20 detailed environmental and traffic plans—totaling more than 10,000 pages—that have been thoroughly reviewed by three federal agencies, 12 state agencies, 14 municipalities and 20 local organizations over a three-year time span. Responses to more than 275 letter and 1,500 comments from agencies, elected officials, municipalities, organizations and individuals were also used to help form Wynn’s Section 61 report.
Highlights of Wynn’s draft Section 61 findings presented to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission include the following:
- Wynn Boston Harbor will be LEED Gold certified
- Nearly one billion dollars in community and mitigation payments will be paid by Wynn over 15 years—all 100% privately funded
- $266 million will be paid by Wynn for roadway improvements, road infrastructure and traffic demand management—including the creation of a robust water transportation system throughout Boston Harbor—all 100% privately funded
- $30 million will be paid by Wynn for remediating the former Monsanto Chemical plant site in Everett and converting it into a six-acre public-access park—all 100% privately funded
“No private development in the history of the Commonwealth has been reviewed more thoroughly and substantively than the Wynn Boston Harbor resort,” said Robert DeSalvio, president of Wynn Boston Harbor. “Wynn has prepared more Environmental Impact Reports for the Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs than any other applicant and has left no question unanswered in our three-year federal, state and local process. We look forward to building a spectacular five-star resort that fits harmoniously into our surrounding environment and local communities.”
Section 61 refers to the section of the General Laws of Massachusetts that states “all state agencies, departments, boards, commissions and authorities of the Commonwealth shall review, evaluate, and determine the impact on the natural environment of all works, projects or activities conducted by them and shall use all practicable means and measures to minimize damages to the environment”.