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A Costco could be coming to Mid-Michigan, but it’s not quite a done deal.

“We’re pretty excited, it’s going to generate a lot of business for us, or so we hear,” said Kari Doty, manager of Valley Lanes Bowling.

The City of Midland received a site plan review application from Costco Wholesale Corporation for a store that would sit at the southwest corner of the intersection of Bay City Road and Rockwell Drive.

The application would call for a retail warehouse, tire center, and gas/fueling facility.

On Tuesday, Oct. 22, the Midland City Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend approval of the site plan.

“I think it’s gonna be great. People in Midland have been asking for that for awhile now,” said Jeff Bourcier, resident.

“I actually think that it’s a very, very good positive for the community, the school system, the businesses and all,” said Angel Daughert, resident.

But on Oct. 24 the City of Midland says it was contacted by a Costco representative saying Costco has decided to hold off on submitting its site plan to the City of Midland for approval, pending an upcoming Zoning Board of Appeals meeting on November 19. At that meeting, Costco is planning to request a variance to allow larger wall signage on the outside of the building.

The City said they “understand that Costco’s decision to delay site plan approval is only in order to allow additional time to address some of the contingences identified by the Planning Commission and City staff.”

If the Zoning Board of Appeals is favorable to Costco, then the plan moves to the City Council on Dec. 9 for final approval.

The Zoning Board of Appeals meeting is open to the public, and begins at 6:30 p.m.

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