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Wynn Boston Harbor Being Built with Climate Change in Mind

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Wynn Boston Harbor is well on its way to its eventual opening in the summer of 2019. The $2.4 billion five-star global destination gaming resort will feature 671 hotel rooms, a spa, retail, dining, and ballroom and meeting spaces. It will generate more than 4,000 construction jobs and 10 million labor hours. It is the largest single-phase development in Massachusett’s history. Wynn is spending $30 million to clean up a former chemical plant site that had been inaccessible to the public for more than 100 years. No public funds are being used for the cleanup. Wynn chose Charter Contracting Company, LLC—a Boston-based, minority-owned firm—to conduct the initial phase of land cleanup.

According to 90.9 WBUR-FM in Boston, an NPR news station, Wynn Boston Harbor is being constructed at a level along the Mystic River that will protect it from the rising waters of climate change. It is being built above the 500-year flood mark. The construction plan calls for installing utilities on the third floor. These could be knocked out by flooding if closer to the ground. “And if power goes out, the building will be able to generate most of its electricity needs through a combination of rooftop solar, generators and other sources,” WBUR-FM says.