Wynn Mystic River casino and hotel now has a name

Mar 17, 2016 9:28 AM

The nearly $2 billion casino and hotel that Wynn Resorts expects to build on the Mystic River opposite Boston now has a name. 

It will be the Wynn Boston Harbor.

Don’t be surprised if that turns out to be a temporary name. CEO Steve Wynn likes to give his projects a name as soon as possible, explaining that he prefers to have people looking toward the future rather than focusing on old or worn out identities.

All the company needs now is an end to the myriad legal issues that have stalled the start of construction. The last of these appears to be the complaint filed by the city of Somerville and its mayor Joe Curatone who alledge the Wynn project raises various environmental issues that require further conversation and perhaps the promise of future cash payments by Wynn.

But Wynn has drawn a line that he declares will not be crossed. “We’re done paying,” He said during a press conference this week.

The ongoing Somerville complaint forced the company to bring the preliminary site work to a screeching halt and cancel plans to begin hiring people.

Wynn hopes to break ground on construction by the middle of the year and open about 30 months later.

The detailed model that was displayed this week includes a curved hotel tower, the same design as the towers at Wynn resorts in Las Vegas and Macau.

Phil Hevener has been writing about the Nevada gaming business for more than 30 years. Email: [email protected].