Planning Board Delays Votes on Two Major Projects

By Joseph Domelowicz Jr.

The Everett Planning Board returned to work last week, one day after the Preliminary Election Day with a pair of major proposals on their agenda. However, at the end of the night both projects had been pushed off, in one case to give the board more time, and in the other to give the proposer more time.

The Wynn Everett proposal was the most hotly anticipated vote of the evening, as the multimillion dollar resort casino continues to find its way through the permitting process. Following Wynn Everett’s initial presentation to the Board in August, the Board had asked the casino giant for additional information before the vote.

Though Wynn did file an amended proposal with the Planning Board last week, the new proposal was not received in time for the city’s peer review consultant to completely analyze the new proposal.

After some brief discussion with the proponent, Wynn Everett agreed with the Planning Board that the proposal could be continued to September 28 (next Monday), to allow the peer review to take place and allow a fully knowledgeable vote on the proposal.

The second proposal, though not as well publicized as the Wynn Casino proposal still represents a potentially large development in Everett and one that could have a huge impact on the city for years to come.

Developer Jefferson properties and land holder Berkely Green are seeking to permit an approximately 450 unit apartment complex on the site of the former GE plant at Zero Air Force Road.

According to a member of the Planning and Development Department, that proposal will also require variances from the Everett Zoning Board of Appeals and potentially other zoning relief. Though the complete perspective on that proposal is not yet clear, the Planning Board did vote to continue the hearing on the Jefferson Properties proposal to its November meeting on Monday, November 23.

Attempts to reach Jefferson Properties for comment were not successful.

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