LEGOLAND breaks ground at Assembly Sq.

On October 23, 2013, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

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By Jim Clark

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston broke ground at Assembly Row last week, as State and local officials participated in the ceremonies heralding the commencement of construction of the family friendly entertainment venue.

A front-end loader dropped 50,000 LEGO® bricks, while Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone, Massachusetts Senator Patricia Jehlen, James Burleigh, Divisional Director, Midway Developments, Merlin Entertainments, and Russ Joyner, Vice President, General Manager, Federal Realty Investment Trust dug in to symbolically launch the project.

The LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston is scheduled to open in May 2014. It will employ a staff of approximately 100 and will be one in New England to date.

“The entire Assembly Row development, and notably today the groundbreaking of LEGOLAND Discovery Center, is something that the City of Somerville and its residents have been looking forward to and will greatly enjoy,” State Senator Patricia Jehlen told those who gathered for the ceremony. “We are excited to welcome these new ventures to our city and to experience what LEGOLAND Discovery Center and the rest of the developments have to offer. Personally, my family and I are looking forward to the LEGOLAND Discovery Center. Building things is fun and a great way to learn.”

The indoor facility, measuring some 44,000 square feet, is designed to attract the interest of children aged 3 to 10, as well as their families. Millions of LEGO bricks will be available for play by visitors. Additionally, rides and various multimedia presentations will be an integral part of the experience.

“We’re thrilled about bringing the first LEGOLAND Discovery Center to New England,” Divisional Director, James Burleigh said. “This new attraction will be the ultimate destination for children and their families who love LEGO, and we can’t wait to begin delivering these unforgettable experiences this spring.”

 – Photos by The Somerville Times Staff


3 Responses to “LEGOLAND breaks ground at Assembly Sq.”

  1. freedomforthepeople says:

    I like the idea ,but when a pol.uses what has been a negative issue against himself there is absolutly no shame.The people of somerville have been saying this about our great leader in a negitive way .His abuse of power far exceeds his shows he puts on.The man pulls the wool over the new comers eyes, time to open them up ask around and do not ask his inner circle that gets bigger by the day.He is using your tax money to give more people jobs that should not exist,311 should be an automated system if we really are talking about being innovative, it would save the city millions of dollars year after year,but this will never happen in our four square mile city .The 311 system is great in Baltimore ,New York and other huge cities were it is needed,he stole there idea and tells you how well it works and how he has made it better sorry people but this again is just a fabrication.The innovative idea above is great but the time and energy do not justify his duties to manage our city ,show time is over.

  2. Derek says:

    Hmmmm, 40,000 square feet. How does this differ from the dreaded ‘big box store’? And if the mayor had any clout or class at all, he would not allow something being built in Somerville to be called ‘Legoland Discovery Center Boston’. What message will that sign send to people looking for Assembly Square in SOMERVILLE? Speaking of the gateway to the grand new development, I love how the building you see from the highway is a big box storage unit. Nicely done, Mr. Mayor, nicely done.

  3. ritepride says:

    Sh.h.h.h.h Lego Joe is in 7th heaven. Once the Lego store does his portrait in Legos he’ll have reached Nirvana.

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