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WTS-Boston November Luncheon Recap: Chris Gordon

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WTS-Boston November Luncheon

Written By: Tricia Pinto, Sanborn Head

Photos by: www.frankmonkiewicz.com

At the WTS-Boston November 2016 luncheon, Chris Gordon, President of Wynn Design and Development for Massachusetts, shared the exciting vision for the Wynn Boston Harbor project located in Everett.  In 2014, Wynn was awarded the greater Boston area casino license by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.  At an estimated $2.1B, the casino development is the largest single-phase private development project in the Commonwealth.  The project is slated for completion in 2019. 

The project site is the former location of numerous chemical and industrial operations, including most notably the former Monsanto Company.  The site has required approximately $30M of environmental cleanup prior to the start of construction of the complex.  The remediation efforts include restoration of the river bank, which will allow a reconnection with the waterfront in this area of Everett.  Chris told the audience that they estimate that the project will create about 4,000 permanent jobs and 4,000 construction jobs. 

The project site, a somewhat isolated tract of land, poses some unique challenges from a transportation perspective.  The development team has created a multimodal approach to increasing accessibility to the casino and to manage increased travel to and from this area in Everett.  Reconnection with the waterfront will allow the use of boat transportation from the Boston waterfront to the casino site.  A new harbor walk trail has been integrated into the project, which will allow pedestrian and bicycle transportation options.  In addition, bus, luxury park and ride shuttle options will be available to patrons visiting the casino.  Discussions are also underway for a potential footbridge to connect the site with the Assembly Row development and MBTA stop, located across the Mystic River.  Numerous off-site roadway improvements are also planned, and a multi-level below grade parking structure is currently being constructed as part of the project.  Chris stated that employee parking will be off-site to mitigate some of the increased traffic flow expected from the project.

Chris ended his talk by acknowledging the efforts of the design and construction team, including several companies that are active within WTS Boston. Chris’ passion for the project was evident as he described the redevelopment efforts.  It is clear that this project will transform this portion of Everett and the surrounding neighborhoods. 

 

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