IKEA one step closer to building in NE Ohio

IKEA one step closer to building in NE Ohio
IKEA one step closer to coming to Ohio (Source: WOIO)

BROOKLYN, OH (WOIO) - Brooklyn Mayor Richard Balbier confirms IKEA is one step closer to building in his town.

Mayor Balbier says the Swedish home furnishings retailer filed with the Army Corps of Engineers for permission to build a 366,000 square foot store.

The store would be located on Tiedeman Road just off I-480 next to The Plain Dealer facility.

Mayor Balbier says the new store will create 500 construction jobs and 350 permanent IKEA jobs.

"They told us they looked at 30 locations over the last two years and they narrowed it down to Brooklyn, " said Mayor Balbier.

Speculation came up about a potential IKEA store back in December 2014.

At the time, Joseph Roth with IKEA USA could not confirm a Cleveland store, but said the Cleveland market had been studied for more than 10 years with a high interest from the company.

"From IKEA's perspective, Cleveland has always been on the front burner, we just have never found the perfect location and we continue to evaluate opportunities in the market as they arise," said Roth.

Roth admits the company cannot go forward with a new store announcement until it has the approval of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Roth says the issue is whether developing any of the 16-acre parcel would disturb wetlands.

IKEA is working on a plan with The Army Corps of Engineers to avoid any harm to the area with no word on how long it could take to reach an agreement.

They hope to have the store open in late 2016.

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