Wynn Resorts said Wednesday that a company-funded study about a proposed footbridge connecting its Everett casino site with the MBTA will be completed next year. But the casino company won’t say whether it would pay for the bridge if it’s deemed to be a good idea.
“It’s too early to predict what Wynn would or wouldn’t fund if the walkway is determined to be feasible,’’ Bob DeSalvio, the president of Wynn’s Everett project, told Boston.com. “Many of the developments and communities that are adjacent to Wynn Everett would benefit by the connection. Right now, Wynn is very pleased to pay for the $250,000 [state] study and advance the walkway idea forward.’’
Wynn agreed in an environmental permitting application earlier this year to pay $250,000 to fund the study, which will be conducted by the state’s Department of Conservation and Recreation. A footbridge for pedestrians and cyclists would cross the Mystic River, and could link Somerville’s Assembly Square—and its Orange Line station—to Everett’s Gateway Center, which is adjacent to the resort gaming site. The $1.7 billion casino, which is scheduled to break ground next spring, currently has no direct access from the MBTA’s subway system.
The department has previously explored similar footbridge initiatives prior to the casino plan, with price tags for a potential bridge ranging from $5.4 million to $7.7 million.
“This new study will take a more detailed approach to the connector and reflect the impact of the new Assembly MBTA Orange Line station’’ which opened in 2014, Wynn said in a release.
Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone opposes the casino, but has said he supports a footbridge connecting the city with Everett.
In comments on Wynn’s environmental application, some advocates suggested the company should commit to paying not just for the study, but for the bridge if it is found to be viable.
Wynn has also agreed to pay about $7.4 million over 15 years to help cover Orange Line operations.
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