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Costco wants to build an even larger poultry facility in Fremont.

According to plans submitted to the Fremont Planning Department, the processing plant proposed on 400 acres southeast of the city would grow from 250,000 square feet to 360,000 square feet and an associated hatchery would grow from 75,000 square feet to 85,000. Plans also call for a 32,000-square-foot feed mill.

The expansions would increase the projected cost of the facility from $180 million to $275 million, according to the documents.

Based on the new cost, the development would be eligible for more than $18.3 million in tax-increment financing, almost $5 million more than originally projected.

According to a Fremont city staff report, the new estimate of tax base added to Fremont and Dodge County increases from $63 million to $93 million based on the new cost. The new estimate of public infrastructure improvements and impacts also increases from $180 million to $275 million.

Fremont’s city Planning Commission approved the plans at its meeting Monday, and recommend the Fremont City Council approve the amendment at its next meeting scheduled for Dec. 27.

Costco has said the proposed facility would be capable of processing 350,000 chickens a day and would employ 800-1,000 workers. The company hopes to start construction in the spring and have it up and running by 2018.

Fremont city officials have generally been supportive of the plans, citing the jobs and economic benefits.

Opponents have expressed concerns about potential environmental and health effects as well as fears about illegal immigration.

Opponents also have filed a lawsuit claiming the city’s decision to declare land for the proposed facility blighted and substandard was illegal. That lawsuit is scheduled to go to trial in February.

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