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Boston.com: Could a Magic Johnson casino be on Boston’s horizon?
The Los Angeles Lakers legend said in an interview yesterday that he’d be interested in getting involved in a casino development here if the right deal came along. That might help alleviate his frustration over a decade of efforts to develop major projects here with only minimal results.
“I would definitely look at entertainment, a casino in Boston, and putting people to work,” he said. “A lot of times casinos go into cities and there isn’t any minority participation,” Johnson said.
The Hall of Famer will be in Charlestown today showing off the Mezzo Design Lofts, a $54 million, 146-unit condominium building near the Sullivan Square MBTA stop.
His Canyon Johnson Urban Fund is a partner in the development, now half-done, with Boston-based Cathartes Private Investments. The project was conceived as “workforce housing” for Boston commuters and with model units ready to show, Johnson is coming to town to help spur interest.
Johnson’s interest in being a Boston developer has been frustrated for years. Given the chance, Johnson said, he’d like to do more projects here and would have done so already had he not been rebuffed.