Wynn took a major step forward in its proposed $1.6 billion 5-star resort in Everett yesterday as the State of Massachusetts issued comments on the project’s Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR). The FEIR comments are an anticipated part of the final phase of review by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and move the fully comprehensive FEIR process one step closer to complete state certification.
Wynn’s analysis of all impacts and proposed mitigation related to its Everett resort, which will be the largest privately funded construction project in the history of Massachusetts, was found to fully and adequately comply with 10 out of 11 topics covered in the FEIR. The FEIR topics that Wynn was deemed to be in full compliance with include wetlands, air quality, greenhouse gas and sustainable environment, storm water, water supply, waste water, solid and hazardous wastes, historic resources and construction management. Further clarification and technical data were requested on specific traffic and transit topics that have been discussed with the state since the FEIR was filed. A mutually acceptable document to address these issues is expected to be filed in the near future as discussions continue.
Comments from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MDOT) also provided clarity on access issues and land procurement, paving the way for Wynn’s preferred entrance design. This significant development endorses Wynn’s plan for the environmentally ground-breaking resort.
“All of us at Wynn are thrilled that this long, detailed process has moved so far along and is now close to completion,” said Robert DeSalvio, Senior Vice President of Development at Wynn Resorts. “The limited number of comments by the state validate how thoroughly we addressed all areas of impact in the nearly two years we’ve worked on our DEIR (Draft Environmental Impact Report). Clearly, we’re at the goal line now and close to certification.”