Mary Alice Sadowski has lived near somewhere on the corner of Eckel Junction Rd. and State Rt. 25 her whole life, but she will be moving soon as her family is likely selling its property for use for a new land to Costco Wholesale Corp. store.
"I have mixed feelings about it, but I'll go along with it," she said. "Will I cry when it is over? Yes. But I'm 83, I only have a few more years and I don't want my kids to worry about money.
"I do everything for them."
Costco, a membership-only warehouse store with groceries and other products, hasn’t submitted an official site plan, but preliminary drawings for a new store on 26 acres near the southeast corner of Eckel Junction and State Rt. 25 have been reviewed by city officials for weeks. Costco will need to submit an official site plan by Oct. 16 to have a hearing on it at the November meeting of the city's Planning and Zoning Commission.
The news about Costco wanting to build a 154,000 square foot store has raised some debate in the community about whether the store is a good thing to have, and if the proposed site is the best location. The roads near the site would need to be widened and some work on the nearby I-475/U.S. 23 interchange may be needed.
The Circle K gas station and Perrysburg Quick Lube at the intersection are not part of the Costco plan, based on the preliminary plans sent to the city.
Matt Moon, owner of Quick Lube, said, "I think there are good aspects and bad. Like anything, there are pros and cons. Traffic here is [awful]. If it is in the morning or at 5 p.m., it is a horrible intersection with a lot of congestion."
He said he has heard that area residents are in "an uproar" over the project.
Aaron Findling, a resident in the Meadow Creek subdivision slightly east of where Costco could go, said he is nervous about his home value going down. He and his wife are Costco members and are excited about having one close, but this might be too close. Costco has one Toledo area store, at W. Central Avenue and Secor Road in Toledo.
"It will increase traffic in the neighborhood greatly, but it is not like we're actively getting ready to sell our house," Mr. Findling said. "It is not a total detriment. We have several friends in the neighborhood that don't want it, but they are not Costco members and don't have that added benefit."
Costco representatives met with Mrs. Sadowski's family members in March to explain more about the store. The family owns three houses on Eckel Junction, including Mrs. Sadowski's. Her father is Frank Eckel, whom Eckel Junction is named after. He gave his property to his children and he previously sold some land for the path of I-475/U.S. 23, which would abut the Costco site.
Mrs. Sadowski lives in between two family members and two nieces own a horse farm just west of her which is part of the Costco site.
"Things change," Ms. Sadowski said about the store coming in. "Like my husband always said, 'you make it a home.'
Casey Pogan, marketing director for the Town Center at Levis Commons, said the outdoor shopping center welcomes the Costco because it would "make the Levis Commons area a greater destination."