EVERETT (AP) -- Las Vegas gambling mogul Steve Wynn, rebuffed in his earlier effort to develop a resort casino near the home of the New England Patriots, returned to Massachusetts on Wednesday to visit a new potential site along the banks of the Mystic River.

"We hope to go further with this process and maybe become part of the community in Everett, if the folks who live here think it's a good idea," Wynn said at a news conference with the city's mayor, Carlo DeMaria, Jr.

The prospective location of the resort hotel and casino is a 37-acre industrial parcel that was once home to a Monsanto Chemical Co. plant, but is now largely vacant.

No formal proposal was made and Wynn replied "hopefully," when asked if he would meet a Jan. 15 deadline set by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission for preliminary casino applications.

Wynn had earlier sought to develop a resort casino in Foxborough on land owned by Robert Kraft, owner of the NFL's Patriots. He abandoned those plans in May amid sharply divide public opinion on the casino.

"Here we have an entirely different kind of setup," Wynn said of Everett, a working-class city of about 41,000 residents just north of Boston.

Wynn noted that unlike the Foxborough proposal, the site in Everett would not be located in the immediate vicinity of any homes.