Casa Grande could be home to a new Sam’s Club by late this year.
During Thursday’s regular meeting of the Casa Grande Planning and Zoning Commission, Planning and Development Director Paul Tice said the company is working through the permitting process with various agencies.
“We’re getting very, very close to wrapping it up and issuing a permit,” Tice said.
Once water and sewer line approvals are obtained, the company should receive the go-ahead to begin building, he said.
“The word we’re getting from corporate is that it’s ready to be funded and built. It’s at the top of their list,” he said.
Tice predicted a summer start date for the company to begin building the new store.
In other business, the commission approved in a split vote a major final site development plan for a new Cox Communications secondary transmission facility at 1395 E. Colorado Loop, near Cottonwood Lane.
The cable company plans to construct a windowless building about 28 feet tall on a 1.54-acre parcel on Colorado Loop, south of Cottonwood Lane. The unmanned facility would serve as a secondary transmission site, housing various pieces of equipment.
About 14 percent of the site will be landscaped, mostly along Cottonwood Lane, Colorado Street and Colorado Loop.
Commission members Ruth Lynch, Brett Benedict, Dr. Joel Braunstein, Jeff Lavender, Fred Tucker and Mike Henderson voted in favor of the plan. New member Cheri Edington was opposed, arguing that the building’s utilitarian design did not have the same neighborhood feel as the other buildings in the area.
The commission unanimously approved a request for a major amendment to the development plan for McCartney Center that would allow two monument-style signs to be put up in a planned commercial center along McCartney Road, near Tucker Road, rather than one large sign. The property is zoned for neighborhood commercial development but allows for only one sign that could be as large as 8 by 25 feet, Tice said.
Several commission members said two smaller signs would be less intrusive than one large sign.
In other business, the commission elected Lavender as its new chairman and Henderson as vice chair.