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Everett casino-resort construction to officially start

24-story gambling hub could open in a little more than two years

We knew construction on the $2B-plus Wynn Boston Harbor casino-resort in Everett was imminent.

Turns out construction will officially start Thursday afternoon with a ceremony that includes Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria. That is according to a release from the Vegas firm behind the project.

The 24-story, 3,000,000-square-foot gambling hub has been a long time coming. It has faced stiff opposition, including from local leaders such as Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone. Their main concerns centered on the traffic the casino-resort is likely to spawn as well as ... well ... the fact that it’s a casino-resort in such a dense urban area.

It was Somerville’s decision not to ask the state to reconsider a key construction permit for the Wynn Boston Harbor, however, that led to this week’s construction commencement. (Somerville might not be done with its challenges, though.)

The project is supposed to be finished by late 2018, with an opening thereafter.