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Environmental officials to meet in Everett about cleanup of casino site

Posted by Marcia Dick  June 26, 2013 07:51 AM

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State environmental officials on Wednesday will meet with representatives for Wynn Resorts of Las Vegas in Everett to discuss the cleanup of heavily contaminated industrial land on the Mystic River, where Wynn proposes to build a $1.2 billion resort casino.

The meeting, scheduled for 10 a.m at City Hall, will be followed by a visit to the 32-acre parcel, the former site of a Monsanto chemical factory.  It will be the first public meeting on the project since Everett voters on June 22 overwhelmingly aproved a referendum to allow a casino to be built in the small industrial city.

"We want to make sure the site is cleaned up to a very high standard," said Chris Gordon, the project manager for Wynn.

The Wynn group already has filed an environmental notification form, a key requirement of the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act, which outlines the scope of the project.

"Once a study of the environmental impact is completed, those findings will determine what approvals are required from state agencies," said Reggie Zimmerman, a spokesman for the state Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, which oversees the MEPA review.

Fort Point Associates of Boston has been hired by Wynn as an environmental consultant, according to the notification form.

On June 13, Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone submitted a petition to FBT Everett Realty, the company that owns the land, to designate the land a Public Involvement Plan Site so that residents of neighboring communities would have the right to voice their opinions on how the site is developed.

Wynn is proposing to build a 19-story, bronze-colored glass tower that would include a 551-room hotel, a 24-hour casino, and upscale shops and restaurants. A winter garden and public access to the waterfront also are part of the proposal.

Wynn is one of three developers that have applied to the state gambling commission for the single license to operate a casino in eastern Massachusetts.

The environmental filing gives a glimpse into the development's footprint. The 32.4-acre site includes 8.3 acres of water, according to the filing.

Buildings on the site would reach  a height of 300 feet, and include 2.8 million square feet of space. An estimated 392,700 gallons of water would be used each day on the site, the filing states.

Kathy McCabe can be reached at kmccabe@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @GlobeKMcCabe.
    

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