STATEMENT ON SUFFOLK DOWNS TRAFFIC MEETING
REVERE-Tuesday night Chip Tuttle, COO of Suffolk Downs, John Kennedy and John Vitagliano of VHB, Inc. presented in detail their plans for area infrastructure improvements to Revere residents.
“We thank Chip Tuttle and the gentlemen from VHB, Inc. for taking the time to address the concerns of Revere residents on traffic,” said Nick DeLena, co-founder and spokesman for Revere’s Fair Share. “We recognize that the plans are not yet finalized and are encouraged to see Bell Circle being looked at for improvements. It has never been our opinion that Suffolk Downs must bear all financial responsibility to address decades-long infrastructure ailments, but as Chip said, perhaps this development can act as a ‘catalyst’ – spurring our local and state elected officials to push for the changes we so drastically need.
“As we mentioned on Tuesday evening, and Mayor Menino said in Wednesday’s Boston Globe, a phased approach is unacceptable. It would be disingenuous to call the development a ‘destination resort casino’ if only the slots and tables games are open and the ‘resort’ coming later. We believe that so much more can be done with the Revere side of the Suffolk Downs property, and that all phases of this project–casino, restaurants, East Boston hotel, Revere hotel–should be completed and opened simultaneously. The people of both cities deserve nothing less.”
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