By JACK WEATHERLY
The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality’s permit board on Tuesday unanimously upheld its earlier ruling on a water permit it issued for the expansion of the Renaissance at Colony Park.
The vote moved the expansion with a hotly contested planned Costco Wholesale store toward becoming a reality.
Plaintiffs in a suit against the city of Ridgeland are still trying to block the store, which they contend would disrupt traffic and devalue residential property in the vicinity.
A tax rebate of up to $30 million that apparently had been granted through a state program for what developers said was the third phase of the Renaissance at Colony Park mall was denied.
However, the city of Ridgeland approved the creation of a tax increment financing, or TIF, district, for the 45-acre plot south of the Old Agency Road roundabout to divert $12.5 million in tax money to go toward infrastructure.
Yet, plaintiffs are still seeking a favorable ruling on a zoning change that, they contend, opened the door for the upscale discount store.
The plan for the site along the east side of Highland Colony Parkway in Ridgeland calls for the clearing and filling of 14 acres of forested wetlands, channelization and excavation of 1,701 feet of Purple Creek and the impact of pipe and excavation on 2,561 feet of ditches.
Because of the increased runoff, the developer plans a water retention basin and a weir to permit continued flow.
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