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Kohl's construction stopped

September 21, 2004|by TARA REILLY

tarar@herald-mail.com

Washington County officials ordered construction of a Kohl's department store off Cole Road near Target to be temporarily stopped late Friday afternoon, Planning Director Mike Thompson said Monday.

Thompson said the Permits Department issued the stop-work order Friday after it discovered crews working on the department store had poured concrete footers without approval from a county inspector.

He said a county inspector was at the site late Friday afternoon conducting other business when he noticed the footers.

Thompson said Kohl's had a third-party inspector on-site when the footers were poured, but the county does not allow such inspections.

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He said he thought Kohl's was under the impression that Washington County does allow inspections by third- party inspectors, which is the case in some other jurisdictions.

"They weren't trying to avoid anything," Thompson said.

Thompson said the Permits Department plans to review documentation submitted by Kohl's on the footers and try to resolve the issue.

"Maybe there's a way to work something out so they don't have to pull (the footers) all out," Thompson said.

Kohl's officials did not return a phone call Monday.

Kohl's is planned for the Crosspoint shopping center across from Valley Mall in Halfway. The Washington County Planning Commission approved the site plan for Kohl's and several other retail shops and a restaurant in May. The names of the other businesses have not been announced.

The property is being developed by Hekemian & Co. of Hackensack, N.J.

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