- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Costco Wholesale Corp. and a Georgia company it’s working with on a proposed chicken processing plant said Tuesday they will not build the plant at a site between Fremont and Nickerson in Dodge County.

The Greater Fremont Development Council issued the announcement, saying Costco and Lincoln Premium Poultry intend to “continue looking at all options in the Greater Fremont area” in eastern Nebraska.

The announcement comes after the Nickerson Village Board voted earlier this month against a rezoning plan that would have allowed the chicken plant to be built.

“It’s disappointing to hear that the Village of Nickerson won’t receive the direct benefits of the project, but I’m excited to hear that other options in the Greater Fremont Area are still being considered,” Fremont Area Chamber of Commerce director Ron Tillery said said in a written statement.

Opponents had raised several issues, including the plant’s potential impact on schools and housing. They also said the local roads aren’t built for hundreds of trucks.

The Greater Fremont Development Council has said the plant would create 1,100 new jobs and provide other financial benefits to the community.

While the companies indicated they’re still looking for a site around Fremont, they could ultimately go elsewhere, the council’s statement said officials “will work with appropriate community leaders to determine whether or not the Greater Fremont Area is an ultimate positive fit for Lincoln Premium Poultry and Costco’s poultry complex.”

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