Norfolk council votes to give extra money for Ikea project

A computer rendering of a new Ikea store for Norfolk, which is expected to open in 2018. Credit: : Laura Caso/WAVY
A computer rendering of a new Ikea store for Norfolk, which is expected to open in 2018. Credit: : Laura Caso/WAVY

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Norfolk city council voted Tuesday to give an additional $500,000 for a project to bring Ikea to the area in 2018.

The city says the money will help offset extra developmental costs. This funding is in additional to $5 million Norfolk is already spending for the planned store.

Photos: Ikea Coming to Norfolk in 2018

Ikea is hoping to break ground on the store in the spring of 2017, off Northampton Boulevard near Lake Wright.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe said in June that the state would be providing $9.3 million for the project. He also announced in June that the Northampton Boulevard interchange at I-64 West would be widened from two lanes to four.

The planned 331,000 square foot store will feature, among many things, a 300-seat cafeteria-style restaurant.