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Somerville officials to weigh Assembly supermarket proposal

Posted by Jarret Bencks  July 16, 2013 02:56 PM

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Officials in Somerville will consider a proposal this week to adjust zoning laws to allow for a 100,000-square-foot supermarket in the Assembly Square District.

The Board of Aldermen's Land Use Committee will review a proposed change to the city's zoning ordinance Thursday that would allow for a supermarket up to 130,000 square feet to be built in the Assembly Square District. Zoning regulations for the district, written to prevent "big box" development in the area, currently cap retail stores to 50,000 square feet.

Federal Realty Investment Trust, the developers of Assembly Row, purchased 12 additional acres in the district last year with the intention of building a supermarket on the site.

The proposed change to zoning law is supported by Mayor Joseph Curtatone, the city's planning department and planning board.

The Land Use Committee is expected to consider the proposed changes in a meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at City Hall.

Jarret Bencks can be reached at bencks.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on twitter @JarretBencks.

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