Friday, March 8, 2013
The hearings will take place after the Costco store opens on April 10.
The hearings for Costco's special exception application for a 16-pump gas station in Wheaton have been postponed. The new schedule calls for eight hearings, beginning on April 26, with subsequent hearings on May 1, May 6, May 14, May 17, May 20, May 23 and June 4. Each hearing will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Stella B. Werner Council Office Building, Second Floor Davidson Memorial Hearing Room, at 100 Maryland Ave. in Rockville. The Costco store is scheduled to open April 10 at Westfield Wheaton. For more background on the Costco gas station, read the topics page on Wheaton Patch. On Feb. 28, the Montgomery County Planning Board voted in opposition to Costco's gas station proposal. In the next stage of the special exception process, the …
Friday, March 1, 2013
A hearing examiner and the Board of Appeals will make the final decision on the proposed gas station's fate.
Costco should not be able to build a gas station at its new Wheaton location, county planners said Thursday night. In a 3-2 vote, after nearly six hours of reviewing a planning staff report and hearing testimony that at times became emotional, the Montgomery County Planning Board recommended denial of Costco's special exception application for the 16-pump gas station. The case next goes to a hearing examiner, who will take up Costco's application at 9:30 a.m. on March 11, 15, 18, and 22 in the Stella B. Werner Council Office Building, Second Floor Davidson Memorial Hearing Room, at 100 Maryland Ave. in Rockville. The Costco store is scheduled to open April 10 at Westfield Wheaton. Why the Planning Board Voted 'No' The Planning Board came …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
The board rejected Costco's application in a close vote Thursday night.
In a 3-2 vote Thursday night, the Montgomery County Planning Board recommended denial for Costco's special exception application for a 16-pump gas station in Wheaton. The board members in the majority--Chair Françoise Carrier, Casey Anderson and Marye Wells-Harley--reasoned that the gas station does not fit with the overall thrust of the Master Plan for Wheaton, which encourages smart growth and transit-oriented development. For a deeper look into the Planning Board's reasoning: Planning Board: Costco Gas Station Does Not Fit With Wheaton Master Plan The final decision is yet to be made. Costco's application is scheduled to come before a hearing examiner on March 11, 15, 18, and 22 at 9:30 a.m. in the Stella B. Werner Council Office …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Patch looks back to what was going on in Wheaton this time last year, when the county determined that Westfield would not be required to build new parking structures for the new Costco.
Environmental and site design experts answered questions about plans and studies that the Montgomery County Planning Department found fault with earlier this month.
Costco's open house Wednesday night in Kensington was a familiar set-up. Just as it did last April, Costco brought in consultants to stand behind tables and answer community members' questions about the gas station the major retailer wants to build in Wheaton. Whether Costco will be able to apply for a building permit is a question ultimately for the Montgomery County Board of Appeals. But first the county's Planning Board will weigh Costco's special exception application on Feb. 28, taking into consideration a negative review by the Planning Department. The Costco store in Wheaton is set to open April 10--after the special exception hearings in March. Not much seems to have changed since the previous open house, except that Costco has …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Costco to hold a open house on Wednesday in Kensington. The Montgomery County Planning Board will review the case Feb. 28.
Days before Costco's scheduled community open house, where the major retailer hopes to convince local residents to support its plans for a 16-pump gas station in Wheaton, Montgomery County Planning Department staff issued a recommendation against the gas station. The proposed gas station would be located at Westfield Wheaton, where the Costco store is scheduled to open April 10. In its report, planning department staff conclude that Costco's "analyses and assertion of no adverse health impacts is based on insufficient information, and may have understated the exposure of the adjacent population to some of the toxics." For the full report, see the Planning Department website or the PDF attached to this article. Costco "has failed to meet …
The Costco at Westfield Wheaton will open a few days earlier than planned this spring.
The Costco in Wheaton has a new opening date, according to a spokeswoman for Costco: April 10. This Wednesday opening date is a few days earlier than the one Costco announced at the end of January. Costco's originally scheduled October 2012 opening at the mall in Wheaton was delayed because of unspecified construction issues. [Want more news about the Wheaton Costco and other businesses in the Wheaton area? Sign up for the Wheaton Patch newsletter, delivered to your inbox each morning.] Westfield Wheaton has already had Costco signage in place around the mall property for months, with a "coming soon" notice affixed. The membership warehouse store will inhabit the anchor spot previously occupied by a Hecht's department store. After the …
Friday, February 8, 2013
The Montgomery County Planning Board is scheduled to review Costco's special exception application for the controversial gas station on Feb. 28.
Costco sent out fliers this week inviting community members to attend an open house where it will make its case for a controversial 16-pump gas station at its warehouse store that is yet to open in Wheaton. The open house is scheduled for 7-9 p.m. Feb. 20 at Newport Mill Middle School, 11311 Newport Mill Road, Kensington. Want more news about Costco and the Costco gas station? Sign up for the Wheaton Patch newsletter. According to the fliers, the open house will address questions about Costco's special exception application to place a gas station at Westfield Wheaton, in the parking lot between the mall and the Kensington Heights neighborhood. The fliers show what Costco says are extreme measures for protecting the community from car …
Monday, January 28, 2013
When will Costco open in Wheaton? The date has finally been announced.
Update, Feb. 19: The Wheaton Costco is now scheduled to open April 10 instead of April 12, according to a spokeswoman for Costco. * * * * * * * It's the question almost everyone in the area has been asking for the last four months: When will Costco open? The suspense is over. A Costco official has said that the warehouse store in Westfield Wheaton will open April 12. The date has been posted on Costco's website in the "New Locations" section, and Erich Brann, director of real estate development for Costco, confirmed it with Patch. Costco's originally scheduled October 2012 opening was delayed because of unspecified construction issues. [Want more news about the Wheaton Costco and other local businesses? Sign up for the Wheaton Patch …
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Your guide to stores open late on Christmas Eve.
- HOLIDAY GUIDE
- Ben Gross
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Did you forget to buy a bauble for Aunt Barbara? Leave Cousin Larry off the gift list? Neglect to be nice to your neighbor? Never fear, Patch is here with your guide to which stores are open nearby to grab that last-minute gift. Malls Westfield Montgomery - Christmas Eve: 7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Christmas Day: closed Westfield Wheaton - Christmas Eve: 7:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., Christmas Day: closed Mall at Prince George’s - Christmas Eve: 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., Christmas Day: closed Mall in Columbia - Christmas Eve: 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Christmas Day: closed Lakeforest Mall - Christmas Eve: 7:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Christmas Day: closed Best Buy Christmas Eve: 7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Christmas Day: closed Kohl’s Most stores are open on Christmas Eve: 6:…