Question 3 Defeat Clears Casino Path

The defeat of the Casino Repeal effort, Question 3, on Tuesday’s ballot paves the way for the Wynn Resorts casino to begin its putting the pedal to the medal on its project.

Wynn officials, after getting word of the vote during a viewing party at Everett High School, said they were ready to get started.

“Tonight, we get to work on creating four thousand great paying careers and generating millions of dollars in tax revenues to businesses throughout Massachusetts,” said Bob DeSalvio, senior vice president of development at Wynn. “While it has been a long process, the benefits to everyone in the Commonwealth will be worth it. We thank the voters for their support and look forward to uniting with our neighbors to build a destination resort that all of us will be proud of.”

During a meeting of the Mass Gaming Commission (MGC) on Oct. 23, DeSalvio told Commissioners that Steve Wynn and a group of designers have been working around the clock in Las Vegas to redesign the tower concept that wasn’t to the liking of the MGC.

DeSalvio promised they would have a number of new looks to unveil shortly after officially being awarded the license, which comes today, Nov. 6. The license award was conditional on the defeat of Tuesday’s Question 3 repeal vote.

At that same meeting, DeSalvio had kudos to offer for Chelsea City Manager Jay Ash.

He said that he had met with Ash at City Hall for some time and enjoyed hearing about the City’s revitalization efforts and burgeoning hotel industry. He cited it as one example of how Wynn has reached out to heal the wounds of the casino licensing process.

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