Costco Approved for Shops at Stonefield

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Developers at the Shops at Stonefield now have the green light to build a Costco.

Albemarle County supervisors approved the plan in a 4-to-2 vote Wednesday night.

The shopping center's developers, Edens, asked the board for two exceptions to make it possible for the Costco to be built. The first was for changes to the layout of buildings to make room, the second, for a relocation of a plaza area and elimination of a cafe in exchange for an enhanced pedestrian corridor.

Edens developers asked the board not to deny the requests due to traffic concerns, saying they have already spent $7.6 million on traffic improvements that take into account the impact of big-box stores like Costco. They also listed benefits to adding a Costco, such as an additional $78,000 in the county's annual budget and the creation of 242 jobs with an average hourly wage of $20.52.

Supervisors Dennis Rooker, Ann Mallek, Duane Snow and Rodney Thomas approved the measure, while William Petie Craddock and Ken Boyd voted against.

To date there have been 15 approved variations to the original plan for the Shops at Stonefield. It's not yet clear when construction on the Costco will begin.