Months of tension between neighbors and developers came to a conclusion on Tuesday night when the Meridian City Council voted unanimously to approve the design of a new Costco on West Chinden Boulevard and North Ten Mile Road.
Costco had proposed its original designs for the warehouse store to the council in July, and has since held two community meetings where residents offered feedback on the proposed structure. Since then, the design has gone from industrial blues and grays to one with warmer tones and stone accents.
“This an example of what can come from collaboration between developers and neighbors,” said Councilman Treg Bernt.
Many nearby residents became involved in the project in its early stages, including Jane Albert, who spoke Monday to say that while she was still against the project overall, she appreciated Costco’s design changes.
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“We know that Costco really stepped up and listened to the neighbors, and we’re very grateful for that,” Albert said.
Charlie Ekblad, an architectural designer with MG2 in Seattle, highlighted some of the features changed.
In the new design, pergolas cover the entrance. To the side, the building offers outdoor tables and chairs for Costco food court customers to sit and eat.
“We really focus on that pedestrian scale,” Ekblad said.
The store will also feature a gas station able to fuel up to 30 vehicles at a time.
Council members thanked Peter Kahn, Costco’s assistant vice president for real estate development, for sticking with Meridian throughout the public hearing process.
Kahn expects the store to open in 2020.