by Sarah J.F. Braley | February 26, 2016

This week, construction on the $1.7 billion Wynn Resort gaming property in Everett, Mass., was put on hold, possibly for up to a year, as Joseph Curtatone, mayor of nearby Somerville, Mass., filed an appeal of an environmental permit for waterside construction projects. Wynn Resorts recently hired the Suffolk Construction Co. of Boston as general contractor for the property going up north of the capital city. Preparation of the 33-acre site on the Mystic River began last October. 

According to the Boston Globe, the spring groundbreaking for the project will be delayed, upcoming job fairs canceled, and a project-related hiring freeze will go into effect. The newspaper also noted that Curtatone has been a staunch opponent of the casino project.

"We are not going anywhere," said Robert DeSalvio, president of Wynn Everett, said at a press conference. "We will get this project started as soon as possible. We will get this amazing project done. But for now, unfortunately, due to the delay that's caused by the appeal, we are actually going to have to go on hold."

The project, with a 500-room hotel, a spa and more, was expected to open in 2018.