Wynn Resorts announced it will partner with the Massachusetts Oyster Project to use over 250,000 live oysters to clean the Mystic River, should the proposal for its $1.6 billion waterfront resort and casino in Everett gain state approval.
According to a statement released by Wynn Resorts, a single oyster can effectively filter thirty to fifty gallons of water every day. Wynn said it would spend $30 million to clean the 33-acre, contaminated site and add landscaping, a picnic park, an indoor garden, deck, water service, dining and retail, and boat docks.
“Wynn’s commitment goes above and beyond what is required by law and will convert a contaminated former chemical plant site into a public waterfront gem that everyone can enjoy,” said Robert DeSalvio, senior vice president of Wynn Development. “The Everett waterfront has been locked out of public use for more than a century. We’re going to open it up in grand fashion and create a spectacular esplanade that will be brimming with activity all year long. Our waterfront will be a crowning jewel of our resort.”
Wynn is competing with Mohegan Sun for a license in eastern Massachusetts. According to the state Gaming Commission website, a license should be awarded in September. Medford has signed surrounding community agreements with both Wynn and Mohegan Sun.
The Gaming Commission is holding a public meeting in Boston on Thursday morning. An update on the licensing timeline is on the agenda, among other items.