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Woodbury plans neighborhood meeting for new Costco project

Neighborhood meetings are typically just that — meetings hosted with the intent of sharing information and getting comments from residents about developments happening near their own neighborhoods. But the Dec. 2 neighborhood meeting might just get a few folks who don’t live close by, too.

This week’s neighborhood meeting will give residents their first glimpse at plans for a proposed Costco Wholesale store, planned for the northeast corner of Weir Drive and Tamarack Road, near the entrance from Interstate 494. According to Woodbury Senior Planner Eric Searles, the meeting is scheduled as part of the development process. Residents who live near the site received notice of the meeting, he said, but it is a public meeting and is open to anyone who is interested in hearing more about the project.

“We require a neighborhood meeting for all commercial development projects adjacent to residential property,” Searles said. “Part of the process is, we will be getting neighborhood feedback and will make improvements to the project based on that feedback.”

The meeting will be held at Woodbury City Hall, and city staff will be on hand, but representatives of Costco Wholesale Corporation will be on hand to explain the plans for the new store.

In a narrative report prepared by Costco for the City of Woodbury, the company says it is looking to construct a 164,221-square-foot building that will house a tire center, food service center, employee locker room, liquor sales area, and retail space. 

The company sells groceries, appliances, television and media, automotive supplies, tires, toys, hardware, sporting goods, jewelry, watches, cameras, books, housewares, apparel, health and beauty aids, tobacco, furniture, office supplies and office equipment. 

The Woodbury location will employ about 150 people, with a 50-50 split of both full-time and part-time positions. 

It will also include a free-standing, four-island gasoline fueling station with 16 pumps, and more than 700 parking stalls. 

Residents who attend the neighborhood meeting will be able to see drawings of site plans and building elevations. They will also be able to ask questions of the Costco representatives. 

The next step after the neighborhood meeting, Searles said, is for the plan to go before the Woodbury Planning Commission for approval. Once the planning commission gives its nod, the plan moves to the Woodbury City Council for final approval. Searles expects the plans to go to the planning commission in early 2016. The Costco neighborhood meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, in council chambers at Woodbury City Hall.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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