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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.


    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.


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

    SOURCES: Globe archives, Federal Realty Investment Trust