Revere prepping for impacts of casino opening

Associated PressA man fishes in the Mystic River across from the Encore Boston Harbor in Everett, Mass. The casino is scheduled to open Sunday.

REVERE – As the state's first eastern Massachusetts casino prepares to open Sunday, residents in Everett and neighboring Revere are bracing for its potential impacts.

Revere Mayor Brian Arrigo has called an 11 a.m. press conference for Thursday to announce he's creating a commission to track Encore Boston Harbor impacts on Revere.

He plans to discuss how the city will track and report "on a number of potential impacts - both positive and negative," according to an advisory.

Revere does not have a surrounding community agreement with Wynn Resorts, which owns the casino, and "is pursuing alternative avenues to ensure impacts on Revere can be addressed and mitigated," according to the mayor's office.

The mayor will be joined at Revere City Hall by city police, fire, public works, economic development, inspectional services and human services.

Through community agreements, the casino is expected to pay $25.3 million each year to Everett, $2 million to Boston each year, $1 million each to Malden and Medford annually, and lesser amounts to Chelsea, Somerville and Cambridge.

Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria, Everett Police Chief Steven Mazzie, Encore Boston Harbor President Bob DeSalvio and State Police Lieutenant Colonel Robert Favuzza held a press conference along the Mystic River in Everett on Wednesday to discuss transportation and public safety plans for the casino's opening period.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission in September 2014 voted 3-1 to award the Boston-area resort casino license to Wynn Resorts and its plan for an Everett casino.

The Everett casino plan prevailed over Mohegan Sun's $1.3 billion proposal for a casino in Revere, next to the Suffolk Downs racetrack.