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Name change considered for Wynn Boston Harbor casino

Updated March 29, 2018 - 3:25 pm

Wynn Resorts executives have acknowledged they are considering removing the Wynn name from Wynn Boston Harbor, the $2.4 billion resort they are building in Everett, Massachusetts, after being pressured by the public and two elected officials.

Michael Weaver, a spokesman for the company, said Thursday that it is considering the move, but he would not elaborate on when a decision would be reached or what the new name would be.

“We are considering a change to the name,” Weaver said.

The question was raised after Robert DeSalvio, president of Wynn Boston Harbor, appeared in a routine quarterly update on the status of the project before the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

It was the first public appearance by a Wynn official in Boston since Wynn Resorts co-founder Steve Wynn resigned Feb. 6 as chairman and CEO in the wake of multiple accusations of sexual harassment. He has vehemently denied the accusations.

Massachusetts Gaming Commission Executive Director Edward Bedrosian said commission investigators should complete their inquiry into the allegations against Steve Wynn by the summer, The Associated Press reported.

After numerous published reports about Wynn’s alleged sexual improprieties, phone calls and emails swamped the Massachusetts Gaming Commission demanding that the Wynn name be stricken from the building. The corporate logo for the parent company uses a replica of Steve Wynn’s signature.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Attorney General Maura Healey also called for the removal of the name.

Reports have circulated that the company is considering placing the Encore brand on the property, which is scheduled to open in June 2019.

Contact Richard N. Velotta at rvelotta@reviewjournal.com or 702-477-3893. Follow @RickVelotta on Twitter. Review-Journal writer Todd Prince contributed to this report.