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Ridgeland residents feel betrayed by Costco project

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Rumors of a Costco coming to Ridgeland have been confirmed by the mayor, much to the dismay of hundreds of residents.

Wednesday night they expressed strong opposition to the project and many said they feel the city is not looking out for the best interests of the residents.

"There's been a terrible betrayal of the public trust," said Ridgeland resident Jan Murray after leaving the Informational Meeting hosted by the city. 

Murray summed up the sentiment of more than 200 people at Ridgeland High School who wanted answers about why a Costco development was planned for the Highland Colony Parkway.

Mayor Gene McGee confirmed that developer Andrew Mattice is behind the project. The mayor took a lot of heat during questioning from a mostly angry assembly.
"We were told that Costco coming here was a rumor just a few weeks ago, and we find out that the plans had been made at that time. So that's pretty discouraging," added Murray.

Those living in the city spoke out in opposition, citing traffic problems, safety and concerns about the size of the big box retailer and what it would mean to their property values.

They also accused the mayor and the board of alderman of deception, noting that the C-2 Zoning exemption approved June 2 made the way for Costco to open there.

"Costco is able to legally go there," Mayor Gene McGee told the crowd. "I don't know if I can do anything about it, but I can make sure that everything is done that makes it the best that it can be." 

It was a long night of questions for the city about the developers intentions and various problems that could arise for living in the western Ridgeland area.

"He is supporting it. I don't know why because the majority of the people in that room are against it and I actually haven't heard one person in that room who is for it," said Matt Deshazo who said he moved to the city 10 months ago because of the nice quiet neighborhood.

Residents asked about the process needed to reverse the C-2 zoning exemption to keep Costco from building and pledged to continue to work against the project. 

Mayor McGee said the Costco developer will meet with residents Thursday August 20th to answer their questions about the project.

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