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Wheaton Costco incentive moves forward

It looks like Costco will come to Wheaton after all.

The Montgomery County Council on Monday defeated a proposal by a vote of 6 to 3 that would have blocked the county from giving millions in funding to shopping mall giant Westfield to help bring the big box store to Wheaton.

The vote is a significant victory for County Executive Isiah Leggett who had lobbied hard to give Westfield $4 million over two years as part of the deal. The incentive plan raised eyebrows in some quarters because it came at when the county faces a $300 million budget shortfall.

In April, it appeared the deal was in jeopardy when a majority of council members indicated they would not support the deal.

From the archives:

Costco plan may be in jeopardy

Costco gas station at issue

Montgomery residents wants Costco but not its gas station

Lori Aratani writes about how people live, work and play in the D.C. region for The Post’s Transportation and Development team.


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