September 18, 2019 – 6:56 AM
KELOWNA – Plans for a new Costco are coming together and, despite reports to the contrary, they don’t include West Kelowna.
A development application submitted to the City of Kelowna shows that Costco has plans for a large chunk of vacant farmland near the southwest corner of Baron and Leckie Roads.
The land is not included in the Agriculture Land Reserve, but the move would require a change in zoning from Agriculture 1 to C4, Urban Centre Commercial.
As for the details, they might just be a Costco lover’s dream as the footprint of the store is significantly larger than what currently exists and includes a gas bar.
In documents submitted to the city by WSP Canada Group Limited, the store’s shown to be around 158,734 square feet, including designated space for a seasonal garden centre. The current store is 135,000 square feet.
The proposal shows room for 812 parking spots for the warehouse and 16 accessible parking spots.
There are 79 gas bar parking stalls for the gas bar, which will be situated off Baron Road, where it intersects with Durnin Road.
The plan so far is detailed and includes a proposal for landscaping and new lights along Leckie Road, which would get a lot more traffic.
Kelowna Costco has 90,000 members, employs 200 people and is the only Okanagan Costco. It opened in the early 90s.
The application is a long way from becoming reality. City planners still have to go over the plan and a date for it to be before council hasn’t even been set.
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