Updated: 12/20/2013 5:33 PM
Created: 12/20/2013 6:20 AM WHEC.com
By: Chalonda Roberts
If you've been looking forward to the new Costco store coming to our area, there may be some bad news. The project could be in jeopardy. It's all because the democrat and republican county lawmakers are at odds.
County Executive Maggie Brooks asked the democrats to approve a $9 million dollar bond that would allow the project to move forward. But after an early morning legislative session Friday, that issue was tabled.
The developer, Anthony Costello, says time is of the essence. He said they need this issued resolved by the end of the month or getting a Costco here could be delayed or even squashed all together.
During a legislative session that was held at 6:30 a.m., the republicans introduced the project to move the children's detention center on Westfall Road. That's the site where Costco wants to build. The $9 million dollars needed for that would be part of the 2014 capital improvement budget. The democrats voted that capital budget down. The democrats suggested that the capital budget be amended to add the project to the current 2013 budget. The republicans said “no” and now the developer says moving the detention center is at a critical stand still.
Anthony Costello, Developer for Citygate project, said, “Costco doesn't usually come into communities like this. This is the first time they've entered this part of the state, to have this kind of thing disappear because of this fighting between the two sides, just doesn't make sense to me.”
The reason Costello says he needs a decision by the end of the month is because he says Costco needs a clean construction site ready to go by June 1. Costello says it would take at least six months to get it ready.
News10NBC has learned this issues has something to do with the corruption case involving Monroe County. Democrats say they purposely voted against the county executive's budget proposals because they do not agree with how she has investigated this case.
Four men, including Brooks's husband, Robert Wiesner, are accused of bid-rigging and money laundering. Prosecutors say they handpicked certain companies and gave them contract for county projects.