REDDING, Calif. — The City of Redding is planning to move forward with the Costco move from the current location on Dana Drive, to near the intersection of South Bonnyview Road and Bechelli Lane.
Supporters of the move spent 15 days gathering signatures on an initiative that they believe would avoid the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and allow construction to begin.
Last night, the council unanimously voted to accept the county clerk's certification of more than the necessary 5,600 valid signatures.
All seven speakers were in favor of the project, as were all five council members, including Mark Mazzano.
“Of course, everyone wants Costco gas. That’s no secret,” Mazzano said. “But what I’m looking for, in addition to that, obviously, is the jobs it’s going to bring to our community, the tax revenue we will get. Certainly, from the gas, but by bringing in a bigger store, more selection for us. And Redding is growing. As we now have a new tourism organization within our city, we’re going to bring more people up here, and have the Costco right there on the freeway where they can stop and get their gas and get their provisions when they enjoy our lake and our mountains. It’s a win-win for the city.”
Last night was the first reading of the "Bechelli-Bonnyview voter initiative."
A second reading and adoption of the ordinance are expected next Monday.
We spoke with council member Michael Daquisto today. He says he also expects more legal battles with Costco picking up the attorneys' fees.