Costco plans in progress PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 08 October 2013 09:35
File photo. A property for sale at the corner of Eckel Road and Route 25 in Perrysburg, Ohio. The property is a potential location for Costco. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
PERRYSBURG - Plans for retailer Costco to build a Wood County location are still in development as the company attempts to have a site plan ready by next week.
No plan has yet been submitted as Costco eyes a members-only wholesale store at the southeast corner of Ohio 25 and Eckel Junction Road on a lot formerly used as a horse farm. Preliminary plans call for a 148,000-square-foot facility with a gas station and 732 parking spots.
A plan would need to be submitted by Oct. 15 for consideration by Planning Commission in November, but missing that deadline would just push the review back a month.
City officials insist they're not at odds with retailer Costco over suggested changes to the plan, nor are they attempting to woo the company by developing the intersection.
Administrator Bridgette Kabat said roadway improvements to the intersection where the store would be located, estimated at $2.1 million, have been developed over the last year, not in response to Costco showing interest.
Kabat and Brody Walters, planning and zoning administrator, said they wanted to expand the area to maximize traffic capacity and prepare for an ideal scenario where all properties are fully developed, well before Costco entered the picture as a possible resident.
"We had plans to improve that intersection long before we got wind of Costco coming," Walters said.
Kabat said the company did request an additional left-turn lane be installed for westbound traffic on Eckel Junction turning south onto Ohio 25. But the city is not paying for it, as Costco is expected to contribute about $500,000 for the full cost of project. A traffic study will determine how much it should pay toward other improvements, she said.
Walters said he's exchanged notes with the company as it develops designs, but that those were suggestions rather than any requirements from the city.
The plans have shifted between a building at an angle and one that faces Ohio 25, and Walters suggested minor changes such as a more direct sidewalk to the front door, positioning of the gas station, landscaping and other elements - all items that will be reviewed in detail before any approval of a final site plan.
"They know the things they want to be on the property. Now they're playing a theoretical game of Tetris to make sure everything fits," he said.
Walters suggested that while some are concerned the store will pack an already busy intersection, road improvements and a potential state project to redesign the nearby I-475/U.S. 23 interchange might actually make traffic move more smoothly.

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