Satan’s Kingdom, LLC Owner Discusses Housing Plan but Says Conservation is Possible Under the Right Conditions
While developer Allan Borghesi moved a step closer Wednesday toward a plan for a small housing development on Satan’s Kingdom, LLC property along Route 44 in Canton, he also said conservation was still a possibility if a plan involved timeliness, guaranteed funding and the right price.
The comments came during and after a “pre-application review” at the Canton Planning and Zoning Commission meeting Wednesday night.
Borghesi informally presented a concept for a 9-home subdivision on a portion of the 39 Canton acres owned by Satan’s Kingdom, LLC, Most of the homes would be along a 600-foot access road near Route 44 and one on top of the ridgeline further back would utilize a long driveway where a partial dirt road exists now. Approximately 15 acres in the rear would be conserved, he said.
Earlier this year, Borghesi sought to change 30 of the 39 acres in Canton from residential to industrial, a proposal that met with some support but fierce resistance from numerous residents, many of whom wrote letters, signed petitions, posted signs and spoke at meetings, arguing that the plan was detrimental to the nearby Farmington River, neighborhood character and more. That application was later withdrawn.
In November, as reported by Canton Compass, Borghesi floated the idea of the residential development.
On Wednesday, commission member Lans Perry said the plan would likely satisfy legal requirements but he asked Borghesi if he’d consider a conservation plan.
The housing plan “does not meet all the hopes and dreams” of the neighbors, Perry said.
Borghesi said he has talked to groups about conservation but that most have indicated a one- to two-year process with no guarantee of funding. However, he said he would consider it if it could be a timely process with secure funding.
Borghesi declined to verbalize how much he would be looking for but told Perry he’d gladly accept calls on the issue.
Commissioner David Evens asked Borghesi about the possibility of a retaining an agricultural use on the land.
Borghesi said he’d looked at several possibilities and contacted every vineyard in the state and got no response.
The developer also indicated that he still thought the residential plan was a good one.
“It’s simple, most inexpensive and accomplishes what I wanted to accomplish,” he said.
After the meeting, he said if the housing plan went forward, he would formalize it in approximately a month. After approval, he’d likely sell the lots or the whole thing to a housing developer.
Satan’s Kingdom, LLC did get an industrial zone designation for 18.47 abutting acres in New Hartford and has begun to clear the area. Borghesi said he is well into that process and that the New Hartford land would not be part of a conservation deal. He declined to mention potential tenants but told one resident it was not a bus depot.
After the meeting several residents asked Borghesi questions and many noted they favored the idea of conservation.
“People in the area are willing to donate money,” Elaine Morisano said.
Richard Miller said it would also be great to see the agricultural use on the land remain.
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