Boston declines to take $1 million casino payment

BOSTON, Mass. (AP) – The city of Boston has declined to take a $1 million payment from Wynn Resorts to help offset the impacts of the planned casino in Everett.

Boston filed a lawsuit against the state’s gaming commission to try and stop the building of the $1.6 billion resort casino, unless residents of Charlestown are given a vote.

Wynn claims it made the first payment in a minimum $56 million mitigation package ordered by the gaming commission after Boston refused to participate in surrounding community discussions with casino developers.

A key concern for the Charlestown neighborhood is improving traffic in Sullivan Square.

Wynn says the package calls for at least $25 million towards improvements.

A $1 million check was reportedly delivered to the commission after the city declined it.

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