Wynn’s Boston construction begins

Wynn’s Boston construction begins

July 30, 2016 7:45 AM
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“Full scale construction” of  the $2 billion Wynn Boston Harbor hotel and casino will begin Wednesday, the morning after the company expects to have its state environmental permit in hand.

That’s when the first of what will eventually be thousands of workers are to begin construction of the 1,700-room hotel tower, the largest in the region, according to Wynn Resorts CEO Steve Wynn.

“We do not expect any further disruptions,” Wynn told the 160 people plugged into a conference call for an update on recent performance metrics that mostly focused on the expected  Aug. 22 opening of the  $4.2 billion Wynn Palace in Macau.

But Wynn was clearly pleased to have an opportunity to talk about the Boston project that he said will be the largest private development in the state’s history besides offering a chance to display the kind of “grand hotel” concept that he believes will be attractive to future developers in other major U.S. cities.

The company has had people working on the 33-acre project site on the banks of the Mystic River for months but their focus was on project components that had nothing to do with the environmental permit.

Wynn has used various opportunities to linger over aspects of the Boston Harbor development that will make it particularly attractive as a destination for travelers from around the world.

Logan Airport is about 12 minutes away from the project site and has more than 50 non-stop flights a week from major cities around the world including Beijing and other exotic points of origin for the caliber of upscale travelers that Wynn expects to attract.