In a lawsuit filed today, Boston seeks to have the state's award of a casino license to Wynn for a site in Everett tossed out as illegal, charging the planned Everett casino will be built on a foundation of criminal acts and legal bungling that will destroy efforts to improve Sullivan Square and deny the city its rightful amount of mitigation money.
The suit, filed in Suffolk Superior Court, claims that eight acres of the Wynn property sit in Boston and that its sole egress will be through Charlestown. This, the city charges, means Charlestown residents were deprived of their right to vote on the casino plan - and that Boston was improperly denied the "host community" status that would require Wynn to agree to put up much larger sums of money for Boston than it has so far.
And then there are all the shenanigans related to the guys Wynn bought the land from - guys who were indicted in October by both state and federal grand juries. Letting the deal go through would "allow those who have committed unlawful acts to defraud the Commission and the Commonwealth to earn substantial illicit profits," not to mention harm Boston and other nearby communities, the suit charges.
Even if the casino is legal, Boston is still being wronged, the city alleges, because:
(1) Boston provides the only existing access to and egress from Wynn’s proposed casino; (2) the voters in Everett approved the development of a casino on property located in Boston; and (3) many of the proposed casino’s “amenities” are located in Boston. Wynn’s proposed “gaming establishment” is located, in part, in Boston, rendering Boston a host community.