We’re getting new neighbors: In case you missed the news

Partners HealthCare plans to build up to 1.1 million square feet of new mixed-use office space in several phases on the former IKEA parcel in Assembly Square. By late-2016 around 4,5…00 administrative employees are scheduled to move into the first two buildings. Although Partners is a tax exempt non-profit, they have agreed to make municipal services contributions to the City that are still being negotiated and the site should eventually generate more in revenue for the City than the tax payments IKEA would have made. For more on this exciting news: http://bit.ly/19hiwcZ. Photo by Chris Devers

Holiday parking solutions

If a couple of 2- or 3-day visitor parking permits won’t be enough for you holiday traffic, you have options. The Traffic and Parking Office grants parking consideration (a relaxation of permit parking rules) as w…ell as the option to get a temporary visitor parking passes for more than 3 days. These options are open to anyone with a valid visitor permit already. You can find a list of all the permits available in Somerville (a growing number are being offered online!) here: http://www.parksomerville.com/parking-permits. If you have questions,you can always call 311 or 617-666-3311.