Daniel Keating, head of the construction company that bears his name and the lead contractor on the proposed Wynn Philadelphia casino resort, acknowledges that each of the six proposals for the remaining casino license in Philly has something to recommend it. But in the end, he says, the weaknesses of the other five outweigh their strengths, which is why he signed on as the contractor for the Wynn project.
“The three South Philly casinos are adequate in size, and their location is not as big a negative as some think,” Keating said in an hourlong interview at the Phoenix the other day. “They can handle the traffic they will generate at some times of the day. The problem is convincing us that South Philly wants another traffic generator.”
Is it Philly or is it Everett?
“Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria Jr. today announced details of an agreement with Las Vegas casino developer Steve Wynn that is expected to generate millions of dollars in new tax revenues.”
That’s how the article about a potential partnership between Steve Wynn and the town of Everett, Mass., begins, and the mayor is indeed feeling good. “We’re excited to bring this to the residents,” the mayor told Boston.com, though she didn’t mention that this–the “gleaming bronze resort casino”–is the same this as the gleaming bronze resort casino rendered for Philadelphia, nor that the plans to reinvigorate the Everett waterfront are the same as the plans to reinvigorate the Philadelphia waterfront.
Isn't that...Everett, Mass.?
Is there anything more delicious than a critic who’s ticked off? When the New Yorker‘s Anthony Lane hates a movie, you know you’re in for a really fun read. Inquirer architecture critic Inga Saffron takes the gloves off plenty, like a good critic should, and it’s always fun–and often a much-needed reality check.
One of the Design Advocacy Group‘s recent complaints about Wynn Philadelphia was the scarcity of information accompanying the pitch: “Wynn Philadelphia has so far provided only two distant perspectives of their proposed hotel tower and a poor-quality site plan…” In a display of superb timing, Steve Wynn sent the Inquirer’s Jennifer Lin a new rendering and spoke with her about details.
Wynn Philadelphia, one of the six bidders vying for the city’s second casino license, will hold an outreach event this week to bring minority- and women-owned construction suppliers, subcontractors and vendors together for networking. This is apparently the first of many such events that will encourage diversity on the project–if this is the project that gets chosen, that is.