A Redwood City Costco that rankled some neighbors several years ago with plans to add a gas station now wants to add more pumps and parking spaces that the warehouse store says will cut lines and idling times while improving traffic.
The Redwood City Planning Commission on Tuesday will consider the required permits for the Costco at 2300 Middlefield Road. If approved, Costco will expand its fueling area from 12 to 20 pumps on two additional islands and reconfigure parking from 745 to 747 spaces by converting some oversized stalls.
Costco said the last few years have proven that 12 pumps are just not enough which creates long wait times and poor vehicle circulation and leaves cars waiting in line to fuel up blocking parking spaces, according to the planning staff report.
The Planning Commission began studying the proposed expansion in May and is now ready to make a decision.
The proposed size is closer to what the company suggested in spring 2005 when it proposed a 16-pump gas station as part of the plan to demolish the existing warehouse to build a larger store, tire sales/installation center and parking lot.
In June 2007, after environmental impact reports on two possibilities identified significant although mitigated impacts, the Planning Commission certified the 16-pump option. However, the city’s zoning administrator approved the second smaller option with 12 pumps.
The Redwood Village Neighborhood Association, which appealed the decision, questioned the city’s review process, the environmental process and social justice. The group claimed the EIR underestimated the number of trips the store would generate, bringing with it pollution, noise and an increase of cars cutting through their residential community.
However, that August, the City Council upheld the plan and the 160,000-square-foot store and 12-pump station opened in 2009. A court also favored the city when the opponents challenged the adequacy of the EIR in court.
The Redwood City Planning Commission meets 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16 at City Hall, 1017 Middlefield Road, Redwood City.