As East Boston goes to the polls today to vote a Suffolk Downs casino-resort up or down, let's take a minute to look back on what was, however briefly, the other proposed casino site in Boston.
Yes, last fall a casino was floated for the long-delayed tower atop South Station. While lead developer Hines out of Houston never cottoned to the idea of a casino at the tower, which they've had the O.K. for since 2006, politicians, including Boston Mayor Tom Menino, a big backer now of the Suffolk Downs casino, said, sure, what the heck. The casino idea was quickly tabled, however, as Suffolk Downs partnered with squeaky clean gaming concern Caesars.
Hines' 1.87 million-square-foot tower, casino aside, may yet rise if the Boston condo market cooperates. Which it probably will.
· Website: South Station Tower [Hines]
· All Aboard and Ante Up! Casino Plan Floated for South Station [Curbed Boston]
· Might It Now Be Go-Time for South Station Tower? [Curbed Boston]
· Caesars Out at Suffolk Downs and Now Things Are a Mess [Curbed Boston]
· Our Curbed's Could Have Been archive [Curbed Boston]