Voter approval needed for Steve Wynn casino in Mass.

Jun 22, 2013 7:18 AM

Voters in Everett will be deciding whether to give the green light to Steve Wynn’s plan to build a $1.2 billion casino in the city.

Wynn, a Las Vegas casino operator, signed a host community agreement with city officials that calls for $30 million in advanced payments and more than $25 million in annual payments to Everett if the casino opens for business.

The vote on Saturday is the first binding referendum on a casino proposal since the 2011 passage of the state’s expanded gambling law.

Voter approval of a host community agreement is required before a developer can seek a casino license from the state gambling commission.

Wynn has also agreed to other conditions including the clean-up of pollution on the proposed site along the Mystic River, which formerly housed a chemical plant.

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