Costco construction soon underway as crews mobilize along University Ave.

Posted on Friday July 29, 2016
Costco storefront

For immediate release (July 29, 2016) – Council approved leasing a portion of the curb lane, sidewalk and boulevard on the east side of University Avenue to accommodate the construction of Costco in West Ridge, Orillia.

Ledcor Construction Limited is mobilizing to begin construction of its 156,000-sq.ft retail warehouse, gas bar, propane station and seasonal garden centre on the 14-acre site across from Diana Drive. Costco picked up their building permits from the City on July 20, 2016, which contributed a total of $1,151,065 in revenue to the City of Orillia through building permits and development charges.

“On behalf of Orillia Council and City staff, I would like to extend a warm welcome to Costco. We are eager to help facilitate the construction of Costco in Orillia that, when complete, will bring highly sought after jobs to the city, increase our annual tax assessment, and deliver ongoing economic spin-offs to the community,” said Mayor Steve Clarke.

University Avenue is a five-lane arterial roadway with two driving lanes in each direction and a centre turning lane. Closing off a portion of the curb lane, sidewalk and boulevard on the east side of the road is not anticipated to negatively impact traffic along the roadway during the construction period. Pedestrians are encouraged to use the sidewalk on the west side of University Avenue for the duration of the construction project.

The City is also accommodating parking on Swinimer Drive in the Horne Business Park for people working on the Costco site. Currently this road is barricaded from access, but has been available previously at no charge for use as additional parking during special events at Rotary Place and Lakehead University.

According to the City’s Economic Development Department, the opening of Costco will help solidify Orillia as a regional retail hub in the area, drawing shoppers from across the greater region including Muskoka to the north, Lindsay to the east, and Midland to the west. Having a Costco located in Orillia will entice other businesses to locate in the area. Once open, Orillia’s Costco will employ approximately 250 full and part-time workers.

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