Plans scrapped for IKEA store in Brooklyn

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BROOKLYN, Ohio-- Swedish furniture chain IKEA is not moving forward with a Cleveland-area store.

Spokesman Joseph Roth said IKEA was evaluating land for a possible store in Brooklyn. But the Army Corp of Engineers informed the retailer they could not build there, Roth said. The corp cited environmental issues.

"We recognize the customer base that exists for us in Northeast Ohio, and are disappointed that the Brooklyn site will not be develop-able for a potential Cleveland-area IKEA store," Roth said. "While the most recent location we were evaluating is not advancing, we will continue to evaluate opportunities as they arise."

The 23-acre plot of land was located off of Tiedeman Road and Interstate 480.

Roth said IKEA is not looking at any other locations in Northeast Ohio at this time.

The furniture giant will break ground soon on a new store in Columbus, which is expected to open in the summer of 2017.

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