City Council Vote Advances the North Redding Costco Project

Development of a Costco store in north Redding took a significant step toward reality Tuesday when the Redding City Council voted unanimously to OK an agreement to reimburse the big-box retailer for improvements to the site at the intersection of Oasis Road and Twin View Boulevard.

The improvements, including the widening of Oasis Road, the realignment of Twin View Boulevard and the purchase of right-of-way agreements, will cost Costco an estimated $5.4 million, according to Redding Public Works Director Brian Crane.

Under terms of the credit and reimbursement agreement, Costco would be credited $4.1 million from the North Redding Traffic Benefit District. The $4.1 million is the amount of development impact fees Costco would be expected to pay the district, which was formed in 2007 with the goal of developing the Oasis Towne Center project.

In his report to the council, Crane said the city would pay Costco the remaining $1.2 million in installments spread over 10 years.

In a separate 4-0 vote (Councilmember Missy McArthur was absent), the council authorized a $778,000 contract with Kier & Wright Civil Engineers and Surveyors to design and manage the road improvement projects.

Costco is negotiating the purchase of the Oasis Road property from the Levenson Family Trust. Redding attorney Walt McNeill, who represents the Levenson family, said he spoke with the principal members of the trust on Tuesday.

“They said they strongly support the reimbursement agreement and encourage the city and Costco to move forward” and get construction underway as soon as possible, McNeill said.

The idea of a larger Costco in north Redding as part of a 300,000-square-foot shopping center dates back to 2006 when developer Don Levenson was first granted approval for the project. The existing Costco store on Dana Drive was deemed to be undersized almost from the minute it opened in April of 1990.

Crane said construction of the improvements to Oasis and Twin View would begin in 2014.

Jon Lewis is a freelance writer living in Redding. He has more than 30 years experience writing for newspapers and magazines. Contact him at jonpaullewis@gmail.com.

Jon Lewis
Jon Lewis is a freelance writer living in Redding. He has more than 30 years experience writing for newspapers and magazines. Contact him at jonpaullewis@gmail.com.
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8 Responses

  1. Avatar EasternShastaCounty says:

    Are there plans for a gas station at the Costco North Redding site?

  2. Jon Lewis Jon Lewis says:

    Initial plans call for four gas pump islands with a total of 16 nozzles, and room for an additional island if/when needed.

    • Avatar EasternShastaCounty says:

      Thanks for the follow-up. We purchase gas from Safeway whenever we're in Redding, but they now charge an additional 10 cents a gallon for credit card purchases. I know they have their own gas debit card now, but I don't much like debit cards, and I find 10 cents a bit exhorbitant compared to other stations that charge less for using a credit card. So Costco gas may be a good alternative.

  3. Avatar pmarshall says:

    Yes, a new store is definitely needed, but all those "big bucks"? It will be very difficult for me to travel to the new store. Wonder how many will find it difficult. Yes, more money for Redding in the long run.

  4. Avatar Handouts Don't says:

    This is awesome!

    We are finally going forward with the first phase of the Oasis Towne Center and Lifestyle Mall.

    Redding DESPARATELY needs some new and exciting retail development.

    So many of our retail venues are old, outdated and archaic. People want something fresh. Something new. Something exciting.

    Costco generates millions upon millions of tax dollars for our city. The improvements in roads and traffic is a drop in the bucket.

    The Oasis Towne Center and Lifestyle Mall will be a shopping destination. Put Redding on the map!

    It's exciting.

    The new center will be in a "town center" style of format just like Zona Rosa in Kansas City – which, by the way, is BOOMING!

    Can't wait!

  5. Avatar Don Kirk says:

    In 2010, when I was a candidate for a seat on the Redding City Council, (for several reasons) I was against Costco's move to Oasis Rd., but, situations in the city have changed; and I now support the move.

    In 2010: We had a lot of empty box stores in Redding. Costco said that the city "must" change the zoning of their current store, so it would never be retail again. The building was "not" suitable for relocation of the police department to.

    The only possible reason now (which I can overlook), is that if it was to move to S. Bonnyview Rd. It would get a lot of Anderson people to shop at it; meaning more jobe for people in Redding; and more tax money to help the city's budget's ailing finances.

    I now support where-ever in the city Costco wants to move to; as most of the then empty box stores are now occupied… The new Police Department will be where I have stated for 4 years it should go; and that is at and or next to City Hall.

    The City Of Redding still has a major budget problem; and I'm still studying the budget and offering officials suggestions to help resolve the budget shortfalls. I also hope that when Costco does move, we keep their current building as a retail zoned parcel; so an additional business (or more) can locate in the Dana Drive shopping area of Redding.

    Don Kirk

  6. Avatar greg says:

    THAT LAND HAS NATIVE SITES AND SHOULD NOT BE BUILDED STOP DIGGING UP MOTHER EARTH AND STOP BUILDING ON GRAVE SITES IT HAPPENS STILL TODAY IN 2014 ALL OVER NORTHERN CA. THIS IS A VERY SAD THING