Land casino company Wynn Resorts has announced that it has put its Boston casino development on hold due to a legal challenge against the $1.7 billion resort.
Although the project was set to break ground in April, those plans are now on hold as well as job fairs as the company has put a hiring freeze into place until the legal question is in place. The company has insisted that they remain committed to building the development, although timeframes are not yet available.
The proposed resort is facing a legal challenge from the city of Somerville, as the mayor is protesting the large amount of traffic that the casino is expected to generate daily.
Commenting on the postponement Wynn Senior VP Robert DeSalvio said, "Unfortunately, the appeal by Somerville's mayor leaves us no choice but to shut down our permanent building construction down. We can't put a shovel in the ground to build until a final conclusion is reached."
Somerville Mayor Joseph Curatone spoke about his position on the matter, saying: "As soon as Wynn is ready to step up and develop a responsible traffic plan, then the project has the possibility of moving forward."
The new Wynn resort is set on a 33 acre plot, and was scheduled to open in 2018, although that timeframe may be much later now based on this development.
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