Settlement Summary Reply

  • Parties agree to a short-term plan to be built on the land that Federal and Ikea control. Mystic View will support the Planned Unit Development that consists of the uses shown in the table below. Mystic View may advocate for specific requirements (e.g. design guidelines, increased open space, etc.) within the various approval processes, but will not bring litigation.
    Use Total Area
    (gross square feet)
    Federal Realty /
    IKEA Area (gsf)
    Office / R & D 5,000,000 2,750,000
    Retail / Restaurant / Theater 1,400,000 1,185,000
    Residential 3,000,000 3,000,000
    Flex (Office / R & D, Hospitality, Civic) 1,000,000 800,000
  • Parties agree to a short-term plan to be built on the land that Federal and Ikea control. Mystic View will support the Planned Unit Development that consists of the uses shown in the table below. Mystic View may advocate for specific requirements (e.g. design guidelines, increased open space, etc.) within the various approval processes, but will not bring litigation.
    Use Total Federal Realty /
    IKEA Area (gsf)
    Office / R & D 1,750,000
    Retail / Restaurant / Theater;
    Assembly Square Mall 330,000
    IKEA 340,000
    Retail / Restaurant / Theater 515,000
    Total Retail / Restaurant / Theater 1,185,000
    Residential 2,600,000
    Flex (Office / R & D, Hospitality, Civic) 800,0000
  • In executing the short term plan, the developers may convert allocations of retail and residential space to office and R&D space, but not the reverse.
  • Federal and Ikea will contribute $15 million for construction of an Orange Line station, matching the $25 million earmarked by Mike Capuano.
  • Mystic View will drop all litigation and agree that the existing mall and its parking lot can remain in place until the longest term of the existing leases expire, or until Federal determines that it would be commercially preferable to redevelop the space in conformance with the long-term plan.
  • Federal will contribute $150,000 for water-access improvements.
  • Federal will provide bike and pedestrian connections to Ten Hills, East Somerville, and Draw 7 Park.
  • Federal will work to add an additional two and one-half acres of open space to that now specified in the short-term plan.
  • Federal will pay $50,000 for a study by researchers located at the Harvard School of Public Health on the health impacts of traffic in and around Assembly Square.
  • Housing in Assembly Square will be located were those impacts are the least harmful.
  • Parties will collaborate to form and implement a program to market Assembly Square to office users.
  • At full build out, vehicle trips to and from Assembly Square will not exceed 50,000 per day.
  • A transportation Management Authority will be empowered to continuously monitor traffic to and from Assembly Square and impose solutions if that traffic approaches the trip caps.
  • A body consisting of appointees from the neighborhoods, the City of Somerville, and Mystic View will supervise development of the short- and long-term plans.

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