The future of the Ridgeland Costco could be decided in Nov 2016


The future of the Ridgeland Costco could be decided in November, at an evidentiary hearing before the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ).

The hearing has been set for November 8, and will come months after MDEQ’s permitting board awarded a storm water certification to developers of a Costco Wholesale.

The store would be the primary anchor of the third phase of the Renaissance at Colony Park.

It is being developed by Andrew Mattiace and H.C. Bailey, developers of the the first phase of the Renaissance.

The permits were needed because the project could have an impact on the nearby Purple Creek and more than 14 acres of wetlands.

Attorney Steve Maloney, an opponent of the development, requested the hearing, after the agency approved granting permits in June.

The hearing would be much like a legal hearing, and could include arguments and the introduction of evidence from both sides, according to state law.

The development would be located on Highland Colony Parkway, south of the Old Agency Road roundabout and near the Natchez Trace Parkway. More than 2,400 residents have signed petitions in opposition of the project.