Apex leaders approve plan to build Costco along US 64
Posted November 19, 2013
Updated November 20, 2013
Apex, N.C. — Apex town leaders on Tuesday night approved a measure to rezone a tract of land along U.S. Highway 64 to allow for the construction of a retail development that would include a Costco discount warehouse.
Town Council members first voted 4-1 to rezone a 35-acre plot between Laura Duncan Road and Lake Pine Drive from a residential and agricultural area to a commercial area.
After hours of debate, the council then voted 4-1 to approve a plan that would bring a Costco to the town. Leaders said Tuesday that construction will begin early in 2014.
A Costco-anchored shopping center, supporters say, would add 250 jobs to the local economy and would also mean millions of dollars in tax revenue.
"It's going to add jobs. I like that part of it," John Stanton, an Apex resident, said. "It's going to be a good framework for the entrance to Apex coming down U.S. Highway 64 from Cary."
Some residents have expressed concern about increased traffic in the area as a result of the retail center.
Mayor Pro Tem Gene Schulze voted against the proposal, citing the traffic impact and whether the retail location would be compatible to the area.
"Traffic is going to be one of the primary concerns because, when you have a store like Costco coming in, you're going to be drawing traffic in from all over Wake County," homeowner Jeff Brown said.