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Costco submits final site plan, shows rerouted pipeline

Pipeline operator says no agreement reached on relocation

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Costco's final site plan submitted to Perrysburg shows few changes on its project from previous plans except the underground pipeline is marked as rerouted around the north and east side of the parking lot and building.

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The City of Perrysburg administration has received Costco's final site plan, which means the project will be considered at a 7 p.m. meeting March 27 by the city Planning Commission.

Costco had submitted a preliminary site plan less than two weeks ago, but the final plan was needed to be placed on the commission agenda. The final plan shows no noticeable differences from the most recent preliminary plan. Costco has proposed a 154,000-square foot store near the southeast corner of State Rt. 25 and Eckel Junction Road.

The final plan shows the existing natural-gas pipeline that runs across the 28-acre site being relocated around the proposed parking lot, instead of under it as it appeared on earlier plans.

Costco's plan shows Columbia Gas Transmission's gas line, which now runs diagonally across the property, being rerouted to run north of the parking lot in an east-west direction and then in a north-south direction on the east side of the site.

Brody Walters, city planning and zoning administrator estimated the pipeline is now about 1,110 feet long but would be about 1,465 feet long on the property after it is relocated.

Columbia Gas Transmission spokesman Angela Braun said on Monday the company is are still in negotiations with Costco about the pipeline. The company had objected to Costco putting parking over the pipeline, according to city officials, and instead wanted landscaping over it, making it easier to monitor for leaks and to maintain it. The pipeline is 20 inches wide and 3.5 feet deep carries natural gas at 450 pounds per square inch.

The Costco plan also shows a gas station being located next to Rt. 25 and 719 parking spaces for the store.

The project also needs City Council approval. A public hearing is set for 6 p.m. March 13 and the City Council is expected to vote on the needed special use permit at a March 25 meeting.

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