Neighbors plan Costco appeal

Residents who live near a 24-year-old Costco store slated for expansion are appealing the approval of those expansion plans.

The Redwood City Costco, at 2300 Middlefield Road, could be replaced with a new 160,000-square-foot retail warehouse and a new gas station with 12 fuel pumps, after plans were approved by the Planning Commission and Zoning administrator on June 19. Redwood Village residents, who support the new warehouse but oppose the fuel pumps, announced Monday that they will file an appeal by the Wednesday deadline.

Neighbors opposed Costco’s original plan to bring 16 gas pumps to the site, prompting Zoning Administrator Blake Lyon to compromise when he approved 12. The store currently does not sell gasoline.

“That isn’t any better,” said resident Kathy Soulard. “It could actually be worse than 16 pumps — and we are still concerned about cut-through traffic and we don’t like the position of the new tirebay.”

Neighbors will appeal approval of the project’s environmental review, as well as the permits for the store expansion and the gas station, Soulard said.

With two days left to appeal, it remains to be seen whether Costco officials will exercise their option to appeal Lyon’s decision to reduce the number of fuel pumps, Planning Manager Jill Ekas said. Costco spokesman David Rogers did not return calls for comment.

In other cities, Costco has built 12-pump stations and expanded to 16 later. “I wouldn’t want to speculate about whether that could happen here,” Ekas said.

No date has been set for the City Council to consider Redwood Village’s appeal.

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