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Bismarck city commissioners on Tuesday tabled a decision on Costco's requests to annex land for a warehouse and gas station.

The city legislators unanimously decided to postpone a vote and public hearing until Aug. 27 on Costco's proposal to have the city annex property between 57th Avenue Northeast and Brookside Lane, along U.S. Highway 83 -- near Walmart and Furniture Row. 

The decision came after a landowner representative, Lon Romsaas, an engineer with Swanson Hagen & Co., requested more time. 

“There are continuing negotiations going on with Costco that we would like to get finalized before we take final action on the annexation,” Romsaas said.

What the negotiations entail wasn’t immediately clear. Community Development Director Ben Ehreth declined comment.

Ehreth did say that if the city commission ultimately approves the annexation, bringing the land into city limits, the city would need to continue reviewing Costco’s site and building plans before considering whether to issue a building permit. 

The site consists of about 23 acres, according to a report city staff filed on July 16.

Bismarck community development staff recommended the annexation in the report, saying it would "not adversely affect the public health, safety and general welfare" of people in the area. The site plan shows the Costco facilities would be built next to a rural residential area consisting of seven lots.  

The multinational corporation has yet to announce a Bismarck Costco location. It does not list Bismarck among its "new locations coming soon" on its website.

Costco is a worldwide company that sells items ranging from groceries to electronics, exclusively for members. The company operates nearly 800 stores, with the majority in the U.S. and Canada. The closest Costco to Bismarck is in West Fargo.

 

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Reach Andy Tsubasa Field at 701-250-8264 or andy.field@bismarcktribune.com.

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