C.P. Costco plans may be on hold

0219 CostcoCentral Point, Ore. — City planners have approved Costco’s move to Central Point but a pair of appeals filed with the city this week could put the plans on hold.

One of the appeals was filed by private planner Cal Martin, who’s representing several clients in the matter. Martin believes the 160,000 square foot facility doesn’t belong on the corner of Table Rock and Hamrick Roads, because that area is an industrial zone.

Martin also worries about the cost to the community, as improvements to Exit 33 will cost $1,300,000. Central Point Community Development Director Tom Humphrey tells NBC5 News the state will cover $800,000, Costco $377,000, and Central Point the rest.

Costco will also pay the city of Medford $70,000 to make up for the added risk to some Medford intersections where there will be an increase in traffic.

The city council will look at the appeals on March 10th at 7:00 p.m.

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