Costco to break ground in Central Point

Central Point, Ore. — Plans are moving forward for Costco in Central Point. After more than a year in talks and appeals – it’s finally ready to break ground on the project.

Everyone’s been talking about Costco’s big move from Medford to Central Point. It’s been a topic of debate since 2015. Now, the project is about to break ground.

“This is very positive for the City of Central Point, it’s very positive for the region,” said Tom Humphrey, community development director for the City of Central Point.

After more than a year of debate and challenges, Central Point’s new Costco is breaking ground, and set to open in October. It’s joining a neighborhood of industrial businesses in an area primed for growth.

“The Costco itself, generates an attraction to other businesses,” Humphrey said.

Humphrey said the city’s already received calls about vacancies near the area, and some have been available for over 20 years.

“Development generates revenue that the city can use to make other improvements that it’s not been able to make in the past.”

While it’s an exciting time for the city.

“There are very few negatives in this,” Humphrey said.

The concern right now – roads.

“They have a very aggressive construction schedule where they’re looking at opening up well before the holiday shopping season,” said John Vial, director for Jackson County Roads.

Costco’s location will be at the corner of Hamrick and Table Rock Road.

“We’re gonna have a two-lane road serving Costco for a while, and it’s going to be a little bit tough out there for a while until that project gets done but relief is coming,” Vial said.

Relief – in the form of road improvements.

One of those improvements includes connecting Federal Way to Table Rock and Hamrick, to provide another access point.

“All that will really help facilitate Costco’s development and not just Costco, other properties are under gonna developed also. So that wider road is going to facilitate all of that future growth,” Vial said.

Jackson County Roads said there may be congestion during construction, so you may want to use alternate routes.

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