Yeah, sure, casinos right on the city line will have major impacts on Boston, but Boston is not a "host community" for either of the proposed casinos, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission decided today. The vote means Boston will not be able to hold referendums on the casinos that could block them permanently.
Commission members unanimously rejected arguments by Boston officials that the Suffolk Downs racetrack, which mostly sits in East Boston, is an integral part of the Mohegan Sun proposal.
Mohegan Sun officials said today they would have nothing to do with the track and would not even use it as an "amenity" in promoting their casino, which, after last fall's referendum on a mostly East Boston casino, was moved entirely to land in Revere. They said they made a point of signing water and sewer agreements with Revere and that even the casino's subway stop - Beachmont - is in Revere.
Commission members then also rejected Boston arguments that the Everett site is tainted by the participation of a criminal who attempted to hide his involvement from the commission. Although commission members said they remain troubled by that issue, that does not affect the question of whether the proposed Wynn casino is physically just in Everett. Also not worth giving Boston more of a say: Agreements between Wynn and Boston facilities such as Boston Garden and the BSO for performances; they were not deemed "amenities" integral to the casino proposal.