Costco searches for land in Woodbury
The City of Woodbury has initiated an environmental study for a site where the wholesale retail company Costco is interested in building.
The city opened an Environmental Assessment Worksheet for six parcels of property near the Tamarack Road and I-494 interchange for public review and comment on Aug. 17. The proposed development includes a 155,000-square-foot retail store. Woodbury Senior Planner Eric Searles confirmed that retailer is Costco.
“They have been identifying property around Woodbury for several years,” Searles said. “We’re very happy they have considered Woodbury.”
Costco has not filed a development application to date. The first step is to find out if there are any environmental factors that may hinder or encourage construction of the development at that site, Searles said.
The EAW only provides an assessment of the environmental factors that may impact construction at the property, he said. It does not look at land use or zoning, or construction plans or timing. That information comes with the development proposal, and the development proposal comes after the application. And that application has not been filed yet, Searles added.
The comment period for the EAW continues through Sept. 16, 2015. It is a document that is available for viewing by the public, as well as county and state agencies.
Once the EAW comment period closes, a full development review will occur, Searles said. That part of the process will include neighborhood meetings. The planning commission and city council will also provide opportunities for public comment if the project progresses.
“The EAW is the first step of a multi-step development process, with plenty of opportunities for public review and comment, as well as review by the planning commission and city council,” Searles said.
The proposed development also includes a 50,000-square-foot commercial area, open space and parkland, an extension of Nature Path from Bielenberg Drive to the Tamarack Road/I-494 ramp intersection, and a 158,500-square-foot mixed-use commercial development.
Besides Costco, Searles could not comment on what the other commercial tenants may be.
“That’s all part of an overall, long-term development for the Tamarack interchange area,” he said.
Searles said it is too soon to speculate on an opening date, or whether Costco will build on that site for sure.
“They are pursuing the site,” he said, “but again, we have not received an application to date.”
A copy of the Environmental Assessment Worksheet is available online, at www.ci.woodbury.mn.us/tamarack_eaw.pdf.