More retail near Costco site approved PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 25 April 2014 10:05
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Plans for the new Costco store in Perrysburg.
PERRYSBURG - A small retail center was approved Thursday at the intersection where a Costco store is planned.
The city's Planning Commission voted 7-0 to OK both the preliminary and final site plans for a 6,000-square-foot building on .84 acres at the northeast corner of Ohio 25 and Eckel Junction Road.
Costco has city approval to build a 154,000-square-foot warehouse store near the southeast corner of the intersection.
Also at the meeting, commission members heard a Taco Bell is planned further south near the former D.C. Ranch. A developer has begun submitting early plans for review, said Brody Walters, planning and zoning administrator.
The retail project approved Thursday is planned by Tolson Enterprises, which also owns facilities just to the north, including Arby's and the Shoppes at Perry Junction, said President Steve Speranza. The new building is identified in the plans as an expansion of the Shoppes at Perry Junction.
No tenants have been identified, but the building will dedicate 2,000 square feet for a restaurant with no drive-through and the remaining 4,000 feet for retail space, according to the plans.
"We've been working for quite some time to try to develop something that is what we hope to be a cornerstone piece that looks really nice, and we think we've accomplished that," Speranza said.
He acknowledged that Costco's plans to locate nearby made the site attractive, but said these plans wouldn't be scrapped if that project didn't come to fruition.
"We believe in the corner with or without (Costco)," Speranza said.
Traffic studies indicate no road improvements are needed to facilitate additional traffic, though the developer will contribute to $2.2 million in previously planned improvements to the intersection, including new and expanded lanes of travel.
That total has not yet been calculated, as Tolson Enterprises has agreed to provide easements and eliminate several existing curb cuts to accommodate the roadway improvements, and those costs could exceed the required contribution. Walters praised the company for being cooperative as the intersection work was planned.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 April 2014 10:56
 

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