According to media reports, the gaming commission told the city of Boston and representatives from Wynn to come to an agreement by Friday. If they don't, the commission may take the matter into its own hands.
Casino Mogul Steve Wynn has proposed a casino in Everett, just across the Mystic River from Somerville. However, the city of Boston has argued a small patch of land where the casino would be built is actually in Boston.
Boston.com explained the conflict, saying a small portion of a road called Horizon Way, near the intersection of Route 99, is actually in Boston.
If the casino is in Boston, Boston would be considered a host community. That would force Wynn to negotiate an agreement with the city, and it would give residents of Charlestown the opportunity to vote on the casino, explained BostonHerald.com.
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino supports a rival casino proposal at Suffolk Downs, so designating Boston as a host community could doom the Everett proposal.
Attorneys for Wynn argued the small patch of land in Boston would not be used for any gaming, while attorneys for Boston said they've requested information about the proposal and haven't received it, Boston.com says.
On Wednesday, attorneys for both sides presented the gaming commission with lots of maps, the news website said.
Former Gov. William Weld, working for Wynn, argued the disputed land is in Everett, according to BostonHerald.com.
The Herald wrote, "Stephen Crosby, the panel's chairman, ordered both sides to meet and try to settle the matter by Friday, after which the commission would step in if there was no resolution."
Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone has spoken forcefully against the Everett casino proposal.
More on the Everett casino proposal
- Curtatone Talks Casinos and Political Future on NECN
- Somerville Mayor Pushes for Anti-Casino Ballot Question
- Neighboring Charlestown Scrutinizes Everett Casino Proposal
- Curtatone on Everett Casino: 'I Have a Deep and Grave Concern'
- Everett Voters Approve Casino at Somerville's Doorstep
- Casinos: Majority of Somerville Reps Against Them