By: Sharon Aron Baron
Even though the proposed Costco Wholesale store won round one after getting the recommendation of the planning and zoning board, residents shouldn’t consider it a done deal.
Although the planning and zoning board recommended the store after many residents spoke out against it, the vote will head to the city commission on December 20, at 6:30 p.m. for their approval. At that time, residents can speak for or against it during public comments.
Proposed for the northeast corner of Wiles Road and Coral Ridge Drive in Coral Springs, the store would be built on a 17.2 acre empty lot which has sat undeveloped for years. The footprint would be 156,000 square feet, including the gas station, and have a parking space for 662 cars. Only club members would be able to use the gas station, which would have nine double-sided gas pumps.
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.