By: Sharon Aron Baron
After the Coral Springs city commission gave the green light to a new Costco Wholesale in December, residents have asked when the store will open.
The 157,000 square foot retail store, which will include a gas station with 9 pumps accommodating 18 fueling stations, will occupy the once empty 14.1 acres on the northeast corner of Wiles Road and Coral Ridge Drive. However, as of press time, the land still has a for sale sign.
According to Jim Hickey, Assistant Director Development Services, Costco has submitted their building plans and expects to start construction soon with a completion date by the end of the year.
The Coral Springs Costco would include 662 parking spaces and only club members would be able to use the gas station.
Developers for the project met with the residents of Kensington Green and Knightsbridge who set conditions for their approval. On the east side of the building that borders the Kensington Green community, a 14 foot green sound wall would need to be built. Residents also asked that employees park on the eastern side of the building and that trucks load and unload on the south side facing Wiles Road – away from the backs of their homes. The loading area would have extra landscaping to screen it from the street view.
Architectural guidelines also call for metal roll-down doors to obscure the shopping carts, and glass doors will be added at the store’s entry to be more aesthetically pleasing as well as to match big-box stores in the city. There will also be a pedestrian zone, landscaping in the parking islands which includes shade trees and palms and light poles with downward facing lighting.