Possible New Plans for IKEA Site in Assembly Square
A proposed zoning amendment that would allow for a large supermarket at the site has been withdrawn, and a new proposal may be in the works.
Federal Investment Realty Trust, the developers of Assembly Row, agreed to purchase the land from IKEA after the big-box furniture company decided in July of 2012 not to build in Somerville.
Federal Realty's plans to build a large supermarket at the site, however, led to opposition from some who argued for mixed-use development that would generate more tax dollars for the city.
Some, including Somerville Board of Alderman President William White, were skeptical of a proposed zoning amendment in Assembly Square that would have allowed for the supermarket.
However, at a Somerville Board of Aldermen meeting on Aug. 22, Alderman At-Large John Connolly withdrew the proposed Assembly Square supermarket zoning amendment.
"It appears the opportunity exists for a mutually beneficial arrangement to happen at Assembly Square," Connolly said.
He said Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone's administration may come forward in the next 30 or 60 days with information about a new proposal for the IKEA site that would be "to the benefit of all."