New Costco slowly moves forward in Ridgeland

Via ClarionLedger.com

Costco Wholesale is one step closer to coming to Ridgeland but the company and developers are mum on the details.

On June 30, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality issued a certificate of permit coverage to Renaissance at Colony Park, LLC.

Renaissance at Colony Park is affiliated with developer Andrew Mattiace.

in a letter to Mattiace regarding the permit, MDEQ said construction on the project shall not begin until “the development shall connect to an Office of Pollution Control approved wastewater collection and treatment system” and “coverage under a Storm Water Construction General NPEDS Permit” is obtained.

Mattaice could not be reached for comment.

Costco said, via email, it is “company policy not to comment regarding future Costco locations.”

The proposed location has been referred to as “ground zero.”

Located off Highland Colony Parkway and south of the Natchez Trace, controversy has surrounded the Costco project almost since its inception. Before publicly confirming a Costco deal was in the works, Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee repeatedly denied speculation surrounding Costco.

He later revealed that talks about the project began in 2014.

Last August, city officials and Costco representatives held separate town hall meetings to discuss the plans with Ridgeland residents. Each meeting was met with pushback by residents, many of whom voiced concerns over the zoning amendment.

In December, nine Ridgeland homeowners sued the city over Costco-related zoning ordinances.

The project was originally slated under the Mississippi Tourism Rebate program. However, in a letter dated Feb.19, Mississippi Development Authority Executive Director Glenn McCullough told Mattiace that Costco would not be covered by the state tax incentive.

“After a thorough review of the applicable status and and guidelines, MDA is unable to approve the request as it constitutes a substantial and material change in scope from the approved, original application,” the letter stated.

McCullough noted Mattiace’s original application was still approved and, in fact, received an extension to June 10, 2020.

Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee declined to comment, citing the advice of legal counsel.

Ridgeland alderman and Mayor Pro Tempore Chuck Gautier said, at their June 7 board meeting, the board gave developers a list of 17 conditions that must be satisfied before they start construction. The 17 conditions were not immediately available. However, the certification from MDEQ satisfied one of their demands, Gautier said.

“I think we’re waiting to hear the rest of it, it’s really in their court as when they build and what they do,” he said. “Once they satisfy the rest of the conditions then they can request a permit to proceed.”