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Everett mayor says he misspoke about lease agreement between Steve Wynn and land owners for casino site

Posted by Your Town  December 13, 2012 12:59 PM

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The mayor of Everett said Thursday that he misspoke when he claimed that casino mogul Steve Wynn had entered into a lease to buy property in the city where a casino could be located.

In a written statement, Mayor Carlo DeMaria said Thursday that discussions over a lease between Wynn and the owners of a former Monsanto plant in Everett are ongoing.

"During the well attended and positive community meeting this past Tuesday, I referenced a lease that was entered into by Wynn Resorts and the private property owners of the former Monsanto site in the City of Everett,'' DeMaria said in the statement. "To clarify my remarks, it is my understanding that there are ongoing, exclusive discussions between the parties and a right of first refusal for the site. Developments continue to progress daily and I'm excited by these prospects.''

The Globe reported Thursday that DeMaria had assured residents at the meeting that Wynn had secured a lease for the property and would submit a casino application with the state of Massachusetts.

"We believe Wynn will put in an application," DeMaria told about 300 residents, who gathered Tuesday night for a community meeting to discuss the proposal. "What we do now is negotiate a host agreement" outlining community benefits.

In his statement Thursday afternoon, however, DeMaria said that "Further questions regarding private agreements can be addressed directly by the parties.''

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