Residents plan to air Costco beef tonight

Residents who live near a Costco with controversial plans to expand and add a new 12-pump gas station will ask city leaders to veto that expansion tonight.

City planning leaders approved plans June 19 for the existing 120,000-square-foot Costco warehouse, located at 2300 Middlefield Road, to be demolished and replaced with a 160,000-square-foot store. They also gave the green light to a 12-pump fueling station, although Costco representatives originally proposed 16.

However, residents in the surrounding Redwood Village neighborhood argue that Redwood City didn’t adequately consider how a bigger store — and gas station — would affect the neighborhood, especially when it comes to traffic and air quality, according to an appeal filed by Redwood Village leaders Keith Daum and Mark Soulard.

Their appeal argues that Redwood City ignored how other projects, including the Stanford Medical Center now under construction on Broadway, would worsen cumulative traffic.

“This is a low-income residential area,” neighbor Kathy Soulard said. “We’re supposed to take the brunt of this for a members-only warehouse; that’s a lot to ask.”

Redwood City was not obligated to consider how Stanford’s clinic would affect traffic cumulatively because it had not been approved by the time the Costco traffic study began, according to Planning Manager Jill Ekas.

Neighbors also question whether the city adequately looked for an alternative site for the bigger Costco and gas station. City planners studied the possibility of moving it to the Century 12 property on East Bayshore Road,but determined that big-box retail would not work in that location, according to Ekas.

Ekas is recommending that the City Council uphold the Planning Commission and Zoning Administrator’s decision to approve the project.

The Redwood City Council meets at 7 p.m. today at City Hall, located at 1017 Middlefield Road.

bwinegarner@examiner.com

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