Community members sound off at public Costco proposal meeting

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MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLNS) – The plan to bring a Costco store to Ingham County involves taking baby steps.

Last week 6 News found out leaders in East Lansing and Meridian Township were considering the plan and Thursday those leaders listened to what people in town thought of it.

Noise, traffic and property value concerns. All of those topics were brought up Thursday during a packed Meridian Township Hall meeting in Okemos as dozens of residents sounded off on the new Costco proposal.

“Definitely that question of what does it mean for my home was my big question,” said East Lansing Resident Kasey O’Donnell.

That includes O’Donnell who is wondering how the development will affect property values knowing the megastore will be in his backyard.

“I’m curious what has happened to other more residential Costco’s in terms of what happens to the houses that are near there. What happens to those values?”

Meridian Township Trustee Ronald Styka says the new development is a big plus for the neighborhood.

“I think Costco is doing a very good job in terms of solving the problems before they happen and they seem to be a good business neighbor throughout the country,” said Styka.

But Meridian Township Manager, Frank Walsh says despite the hard work Costco is putting into pitching their plan neighborhood concerns must come first.

“It’s really important to listen to the people who are living there who are going to be the most affected. They have a right to ask questions and learn and be part of the process it’s much better then excluding people,” said Walsh.

Walsh adds it’s always been the objective of township officials to put people first and business opportunities second.

So what’s next?

The Meridian Township Board will meet on June 7 where the proposal to bring Costco to town will be up for discussion.

If there’s a consensus to move forward the proposal will come back to the township board on June 21 and be put up for a vote.

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