The first sign everything was not going to be the way it was supposed to be with the casino was when the traffic never materialized.
Everyone in a position of responsibility had been led to believe that when the casino opened its doors, the traffic would line-up from he casino to New Hampshire!
That’s an overstatement, of course, but the harsh reality about the traffic never coming to ruin our lives being one of the missing links to the over the top success everyone thought the casino would be.
In the short term, the casino has served its purpose.
Thousands of people employed.
Many thousands coming to gamble and to stay at the five star hotel. Everett put on the map in a very big way.
The hungry city treasury and the city tendency to always spend whatever comes in at least partially satisfied by the new revenue flow, which is enormous.
What didn’t happen, however, is what is sorely missing in this $2.6 billion investment by Wynn Resorts.
What is missing are the large crowds that were expected.
The hoards that were to have descended on the casino, packing it and making of it the biggest money maker in the history of money makers is absent.
Executives are trying to figure out what works in the Massachusetts marketplace, and frankly, they are baffled about how to pack the place.
This has not happened.
Massachusetts is proving itself to be different from nearly all the states in the union.
The owner of the Bouvier Building in Everett Square went before the Zoning Board of Appeals Tuesday night to test the waters for a boutique hotel with 23 rooms.
This is a universe away from the perpetual state of affairs for this key structure in the heart of the Everett Square which the Bouvier Family has owned for 65 years.
Built in 1877, the building for longer than a century housed offices and apartments upstairs, and featured the popular jewelry store by the same name, Bouvier’s, and Brighams on the street floor.
That was then. This is now.
The building has been an eyesore and from time to time, a danger to the well-being of everyone congregating in the square.
Now comes Jeff Bouvier proposing a boutique hotel, promising to retain the historic aspects of the building which was all about Victorian splendor when it was built, and wanting to remake the place in a very big way.