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Locals react to new Costco property in south Redding

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After controversy and a lawsuit trying to stop the new Costco location in south Redding - crews are still making way for the new store.

Some Redding locals and environmental groups have expressed their frustration with the new Costco location after learning all the trees will be cut down.

But those who live nearby the building site say otherwise.

We’re excited about the new Costco,” said Michelle Miller, who lives off Bechelli Lane.“It's sad to see all those trees go but then we don’t have to worry so much about fires in that area.

Other neighbors agree with Miller. They say crime has been up in their neighborhood with all the transients illegally living where those trees are being cut down.

I’m super excited, I'm looking forward to it,” said Robert Rush, who lives off Bechelli Lane. “I'm ready to get rid of all the crime, and the transients, and the trash and our cars getting broken into - and just all the mayhem that used to go with that. I have a neighbor down the street that has a problem with people parking by his home and walking back into the back and that was just a mess - a lot of people in the neighborhood that we didn’t like.

Rush says his only concern is an increase in traffic - but has outweighed traffic concerns compared to his crime concerns.

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The warehouse is expected to span 152,000 square feet and up to 30 gas pumps - as well as 62,000 square feet of retail space.

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