I am wondering, what does it take to attract a retailer like Ikea to Lynn? They tried to open up in Somerville but encountered considerable resistance from the residents adjacent to Assembly Square. If Lynn were able to secure similar concessions from Ikea that Ikea proposed to Somerville (T renovation, Park land and development, etc.) it would be great for the city. On the surface a spot on the Lynnway seems perfect for them. It's in a commercial area with other big box retailers, Walmart, Building 19, which are not direct competitors. There are no adjacent residential properties. It's near the commuter rail. They can run shuttle service to the blue-line. The income demographics of Nahant, Swampscott, Salem, Marblehead, Beverly, Lynn, etc. are in their target zone, and we're right next to Boston, not out in Stoughton.
Ikea is an environmentally conscious business with a history of opening in more industrial areas - West Long Island, South Philadelphia, New Haven, Pittsburgh - so they're not adverse to establishing themselves in unpolished locations. They may even help pay to move those power lines and / or renovate the ocean front along part of the Lynnway. It could be Ikea and the Ikea/Lynn memorial park or something like that.
I'm a big proponent of corporate stewardship and community involvement. This would be an opportunity for Ikea to help Lynn in many ways while accessing a vast customer base. It's good marketing, it's good business. It's a win-win proposal.
Think of it. If Ikea also provided shuttle service to the Central Square Commuter stop it would boost foot traffic through Central Square. It would also make Masschusetts and Bostonians more aware of Lynn and downtown, most likely attracting new residents. Especially if Ikea has an oceanfront park outback for people to enjoy. Can you imagine eating Swedish Meatballs overlooking the ocean? Now at first the idea of an Ikea as beach-front property seems terrible, but when you consider the land I'm thinking of is currently an industrial wasteland it isn't so bad. Also, what I'm proposing is that Ikea overlook a park that stretches to the water-front, not that Ikea be at the water-front. That would just be, well, in bad taste.
Now, the question is: Does Lynn want Ikea?