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Area Businessman Looks to Renovate Maple Avenue Building

A rendering of the proposed improvements at 61 Maple Ave.

By John Fitts

CANTON – A locally based financial advisor is looking to renovate a long-deteriorating commercial building on Maple Avenue. 

Michael Chadwick, who runs Chadwick Financial Advisors, wants to completely renovated the 6,150-square-foot building at 61 Maple Ave. and create approximately four office spaces, one of which would be for his company. 

The applicant plans to make numerous building, landscaping and parking improvements. 

This application is due to go before the Canton Planning and Zoning Commission on Feb. 15. According to a memo from town planner Neil Pade, a public hearing is not required for a site plan application but the commission “may schedule one.” 

Please see more in this week’s edition of The Valley Press. We also plan to follow up in future editions.  

61 Maple Ave as it exists today.

Canton Commission Approves Integrated Housing Proposal for Commerce Drive

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A rendering of the planned apartment complex.

By John Fitts 

By a 6-1 tally, the planning and zoning commission on Wednesday approved a proposal for a 40-unit integrated housing unit on Commerce Drive.

Pending funding, Regan Development Corporation of Ardsley, NY plans to build a three-level complex with approximately 70 parking spaces on 7 acres below Boulder Ridge. At approximately 65,000 square feet, it would feature common areas and 29 affordable units for the general public, one apartment for a building superintendent and 10 units for clients of Canton-based Favarh, an organization that supports people with intellectual, physical and developmental disabilities.

The Favarh designated units would be built to accommodate a wide range of special needs, smart technology and more. While the general population units would all be 1- and 2-bedrooms, the Favarh specific ones would be as large as three bedrooms for those who need live-in assistance. Favarh will have staff at the building at all times. … Continue Reading

Developer Formally Proposes Integrated Housing Complex for Commerce Drive

An architectural rendering of the proposed building. Image taken from a larger drawing by Kitchen and Associates.

An architectural rendering of the proposed building. Image taken from a larger drawing by Kitchen and Associates.

By John Fitts

CANTON, CT — A New York developer, working with local partners, has formally proposed an integrated, 40-unit apartment complex on Commerce Drive.

Regan Development Corporation of Ardsley, NY is under contract to purchase the 6.95 acres at 300 and 350 Commerce Drive, with the idea of offer 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom units, 10 of which would be set aside for clients of Canton-based Favarh, an organization that supports people with intellectual, physical and developmental disabilities.

The lots are near the Boulder Ridge Complex and the complex would be set back from the road and include a mix of 1- 2- and 3-bedroom units as well as amenities such large community room with kitchenette, other common areas, a mail center, laundry rooms and  secure storage. The complex would be a tax-paying entity.   … Continue Reading

Commission Continues Public Hearing on Proposal for Permanent Lights at High School Track and Field Facility

Musco lighting says this photo of lights in New Milford illustrates the focused nature of LED lighting. In the foreground is a working observatory. Photo courtesy of Musco Lighting.

Musco lighting says this photo of lights in New Milford illustrates the focused nature of modern LED lighting. In the foreground is a working observatory.
Photo courtesy of Musco Lighting.

By John Fitts 

CANTON — On Wednesday, the Planning and Zoning Commission heard varying opinions about a proposal for permanent lighting at the high school track and field facility but ultimately continued its public hearing until Nov. 16.

The school district is seeking a special permit use, special permit and site plan modification that would allow four 80-foot poles with dimmable LED lighting at the facility, school officials said. Light spillage is extremely well controlled with the new technology, according to school officials and

Essentially the commission can create a special standard for the facility that is outside the normal parameters of lighting in town while balancing community concerns. Members said it would have no bearing on future proposals.

“The commission should be cognizant of the wide range of public interests served by this type of municipal facility which should be balanced against the interests of single family residences that live in close proximity to this facility,” Neil S. Pade, Director of Planning and Community Development wrote in a memo on the proposal.

The district has proposed that the lights would be turned off by 10 p.m. except on rare occasion, by 11:30 p.m. School officials said the norm would be earlier, more like 8 to 8:30 p.m. The district is also proposing consideration for up to two overnight community events per year. … Continue Reading

Hearing for Track and Field Lights Set for Nov. 2

lightsBy John Fitts 
CANTON — On Nov. 2, the Planning and Zoning Commission will host a public hearing on permanent lights at the high school track and field facility.
The Canton School district has filed an application to install four permanent poles with lighting at the facility. In the application, Canton Schools director of facilities Dwight Carlson said the plan is to erect two 80-foot metal poles on the west side of the field and two 90-foot poles on the east side.  Musco lighting has performed a photometric survey so the commission and neighbors can review any potential impact.
The district is looking to utilize the lights until 10 p.m. for certain games, and on rare occasions (overtime) until 11:30 p.m. It is also asking for the option to hold up to 2 special events per year, which could involve reduced lighting levels for all-night events. If it approves the application, the Planning and Zoning Commission could in theory modify those request and/or set other conditions of use.

… Continue Reading

Developer Explores Market-Rate Apartment Idea for Route 44 Parcel

screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-8-29-41-pmBy John Fitts

CANTON — Developer Arthur Godbout Jr. is exploring the idea of setting the stage for a market-rate apartment project on a 7.286-acre parcel at 361 Albany Turnpike (Route 44).

Godbout came to Planning and Zoning Commission Wednesday night for a pre-application – or informal – review of the idea, which he hopes to market to larger developers.

Godbout presented a preliminary concept that included an idea for approximate 144 units in four, four-story buildings complete with 185 parking spaces, including 64 garages spaces, and amenities such as a pool. The buildings would likely be close to Route 44, with the parking in the rear – a trend the town is moving toward with the upcoming form-based code regulations.

Godbout developed the idea with the help of other area professionals including Canton engineer Tom Shannon.

Such a project would greatly help Canton achieve more house diversity and provide much-needed rental housing for young people or the elderly on limited incomes, Godbout said. … Continue Reading

Favarh, Regan Development Hope to Bring Integrated Housing Unit to Commerce Drive

IMG_3193By John Fitts

CANTON – A local non-profit and a New York based development company are hoping to bring an integrated apartment project to Commerce Drive.

The Arc of the Farmington Valley, commonly known Favarh, a Canton based organization that supports people with intellectual, physical and developmental disabilities and Regan Development Corporation have approach town officials with the idea of an apartment complex at 300 and 350 Commerce, near the 55-plus Boulder Ridge complex. At this point, there is no formal application for the project.

The initial concept for the building is an integrated environment with approximately 36 units, nine of which would be set aside and specially designed for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, with the rest of the units open to general population – at a reasonable price point. The building would include common areas and an on-site superintendent.

“It would provide additional affordable housing for young people, perhaps older people looking to downside – all in the setting of an integrated space for people with intellectual disabilities,” said Stephen Morris, executive director of Favarh

“The desire is to help people locally be able to stay local,” said Ken Regan, vice president of Regan Development. “This is a technique we’ve put together to try and build community but at the same time provide rentals, of good quality, that people can afford.”

Regan said the project is in its infancy but said the one-bedroom units could fall in the 700 to 750 square-foot range and two bedrooms approximately 900 to 1,050 square feet.

Rents for the Simsbury project fall between $986 and $1,415 and while Regan said it’s too early for any hard numbers, Canton prices could be lower.

In 2011, Regan Development debuted Kershaw Commons in Freehold Township, N.J., the first East Coast project designed specifically for those with Multiple Sclerosis.

The company has launched several projects for those with special needs and in September of 2015 opened Ojakian Commons in Simsbury, a 48-unit complex also designed for MS patients. At the request of Simsbury officials, the facility set aside 7 apartments for those with other disabilities, a move that led to the relationship with Favarh, Morris said. The facility has specially designed features for those with disabilities, such as automated doors, wide doors, hard-surface flooring, accessably placed light switches and more. There are also several common areas for social gatherings and additional amenities.

“It’s just a great social environment,” Morris said of the Simsbury facility. “I said ‘gosh we really need to do something like this but for people with intellectual abilities.’ We started talking to the developer about possibly doing something in Canton.” … Continue Reading

Brewery Owner Hopeful for Summer Opening

TRBC-simple-logo-trans-2With local approvals in place, Tidal River Brewing Co. owner Geoff Mattheis is busy working to secure state and federal licenses, purchase equipment and tend to other details of opening a nano brewery on Cheryl Drive. He’s aiming for a June or July opening.

“A lot of it is contingent on the licensing process and how long it takes,” he said.

As the word nano suggests, Mattheis plans to start small, targeting production of 8 to 16 barrels (31 gallons each) a month, or up to approximately 200 a year.

The 2,000 square foot facility would allow some growth as well. … Continue Reading

Satan’s Kingdom, LLC Owner Discusses Housing Plan but Says Conservation is Possible Under the Right Conditions

The housing plan Allan Borghesi has discussed with the town. This, however, is not part of an official application.

The housing plan Allan Borghesi has discussed with the town. This, however, is not part of an official application.

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. … Continue Reading

Hearing on Brewery, Informal Satan’s Kingdom Discussion Set to Take Place Next Week

TRBC-simple-logo-trans-2On Jan. 21, the Canton Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing on a proposed “nano” brewery as well as an informal discussion on a residential subdivision plan for the “Satan’s Kingdom” property on Route 44.

New Hartford resident Geoffrey Mattheis is looking to open Tidal River Brewing Co., which hopes to manufacture and sell beer directly in 32 and 64-ounce growlers, market to local restaurants and retail outlets and offer tours, scheduled tastings and host special events. See more in our previous story here.

The informal discussion on Satan’s Kingdom involves possible plans for a 39-acre property between Route 44 and the Farmington River, owned by Satan’s Kingdom, LLC. Land use for the property became a hot topic in town after the company sought to change much of the land from residential to industrial. The company was successful in getting approximately 18 acres re-zoned in New Hartford.  … Continue Reading

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