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Key dates through the years at Assembly Square in Somerville

1958 Ford Motor Co. closes an assembly plant — where the cars produced included the Edsel — the inspiration for the name of the retail development to follow along the Mystic River.

1980 The Mall at Assembly Square, a 360,000-square-foot shopping center, opens in the former plant building, with anchors Kmart and Jordan Marsh. A six-screen movie theater and a four-story office building are also built on the site.

1996 Competition from large regional malls dooms Assembly, which is put up for auction. Aetna Insurance Co. eventually foreclosed.

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1998 Mall sold and most buildings torn down to make way for the Assembly Square Marketplace, a strip mall anchored by Kmart.

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2005 Federal Realty Investment Trust purchases Assembly Square Marketplace and adjoining acres to build Assembly Row.

2011 The state approves $29 million to build an Orange Line T station.

2012 Federal Realty breaks ground on the first phase of construction. Burger Dive, a new hamburger chain, becomes the first tenant to open.

2013 Construction continues. Preleasing to begin on apartments. Starbucks opens. A 6-acre public park is due to open in July.

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2014 T station scheduled to be completed, and Assembly Row is due to be fully open.

SOURCES: Globe archives, Federal Realty Investment Trust