Robert DeSalvio, Wynn Resorts’ lead Massachusetts’ executive, has unveiled significant changes to a portion of the company’s $2.4 billion casino project in Everett. He advised the state’s gambling commission that revisions to original plans call for the amount of space set aside for retail shops to drop more than 80 percent, to about 9,000 square feet from nearly 53,000. Ten stores have been eliminated from the initial retail plan.
Although the changes are just a small portion of the total size of the 3.1 million sq.-ft. project, observers say the casino and hotel will have more of a convention and meeting concentration, with a smaller retail presence. Now, the project will include more ballroom space, as well as a new casual Italian restaurant, an oyster bar and a craft beer hall that will feature local brews.
It’s expected the Massachusetts Gaming Commission will approve the changes. Wynn Resorts expects the casino and its 671-room hotel to open by mid-2019.