Jan Harder has made it official – Costco will soon be coming to Barrhaven at the corner of Maravista and Strandherd. Yeah, it was probably the worst kept secret in the business community, but rumor has it that 3 sites in the Ottawa area were being considered, so we can count our blessings that we were chosen.
As far as the site plan goes, here are the latest drawings. As mentioned in a previous post, it seems the Barrhaven Costco will also feature a gas bar which should help local consumers lower their monthly transportation costs.
Traffic and light pollution concerns will surely become issues as the location is very close to residential neighborhoods. Strandherd road has been widened to 4 lanes, which should help, but the stretch between Kennevale and Jockvale remains a two lane road. Further widening of the road is complicated due to the presence of the railroad crossing.
Furthermore, the site is not all about Costco. As the above illustration indicates, several more retail and commercial office space is documented on the plan. My guess is that we‘re going to hear of several more announcements in terms of retail in the coming weeks.