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Group Looking to Redevelop Collinsville Factory Complex Provides Tour of Facility

R. Michael Goman talks about re-development plans in an area envisioned as restaurant.  Photo by John Fitts

R. Michael Goman talks about re-development plans in an area envisioned as restaurant.
Photo by John Fitts

A restaurant, brewpub, commercial business, office space, a boutique hotel, public river access and a mix of housing types are all part of a plan to redevelop the former Collins Company factory complex.

Saturday morning, a group of area businessmen hoping to secure funding to purchase and redevelop the site led a tour of the complex. The group has some preliminary approvals in place and wanted to give the Planning and Zoning Commission an update on its plans. The tour was an officially posted meeting and included on the town and Canton Compass calendars.

Since 2010 real estate developer R. Michael Goman, broker and Realty Works owner Julius Fialkiewicz and commercial real estate broker Rich Correia have been working on the project. More recently they were joined by financier Gregory Boyko. The group is also working with and engineering firm, architects and other professionals. … Continue Reading

Town to Host Additional Forums On Collinsville Streetscape Project

Town of Canton:                             Collinsville StreetsWhile the town had originally hoped to begin work on Collinsville Streetscape improvements this fall, some aspects of the project have gone back to the drawing board on some aspects of the plan.

Specifically the town is considering modifications in the Main Street/Farmington River Trail/ Town Hall Parking lot area in response to concerns from the owner of the Collins Co. complex.

The forums will be held Wednesday, Dec. 3.

  • Session One: 5:00 p.m. in the Town Hall Auditorium
  • Session Two: 7:00 p.m. at the Canton Community Center, Room F

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Planning and Zoning Commission Approves Zone Change for 16 Maple Ave. in Collinsville

On Wednesday night, the Canton Planning and Zoning Commission approved an application to change the zone for 16 Maple Ave., currently the location of Dentfix Express, from residential to business.

Business and property owner Stephen Roberto sought the change, which take the property from “non-conforming” residential to business. … Continue Reading

Satan’s Kingdom, LLC Owner Floats Concept of No Mining and Building Fewer Than a Dozen Homes in Canton, Mostly Near Route 44

The concept plan introduced Wednesday night.  Courtesy of Allan Borghesi

The concept plan introduced Wednesday night.
Courtesy of Allan Borghesi

By John Fitts 

While there is no formal application or final plan at this point, Allan Borghesi of Satan’s Kingdom, LLC and Borghesi Building and Engineering on Wednesday floated the idea of building fewer than a dozen homes on the Canton portion of his Route 44 property, mostly near the road, scrapping plans to take down the ridge and conserving a portion of the land.

Borghesi mentioned the concept, complete with a drawing, at the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission meeting Wednesday night. It came during a commission discussion that it possible pursue an application to change zoning on the some Route 44 properties from R-2 residential (one to one-and-a-half-acre lots) to R-4 residential (4 to 6 acres). Included in the concept were 674 and 684 Albany Turnpike, owned by Satan’s Kingdom LLC. … Continue Reading

Commission Closes Hearing on Proposal to Re-Zone Dentfix Property on Maple Avenue, No Immediate Decision Made

Looking up Maple Avenue from the Farmington River Trail.

Looking up Maple Avenue from the Farmington River Trail.

After hearing a variety of opinions on the matter Wednesday night, the Planning and Zoning Commission closed a public hearing on a proposal to re-zone 16 Maple Ave., currently home to Dentfix Express, from residential to business.

The commission did not take a vote on the matter Wednesday since members wanted to get a legal ruling on how such a change could affect current restrictions, such as hours of operation, that have been placed on the business. … Continue Reading

Maple Avenue Residents Say Potential Changes Could Risk Neighborhood Character

Looking up Maple Avenue from the Farmington River Trail.

Looking up Maple Avenue from the Farmington River Trail.

A group of Maple Avenue residents is on the offensive against potential land-use changes that they say could hurt the character of their neighborhood.

The recent creation of a Keep Maple Avenue residential facebook page and an online petition has generated attention to what residents say is a detrimental drive to open the door to more intensive uses not in character with their street, particularly between Allen Place and Route 179/Center Street.

Several local residents feel there are two factors that present a threat — “mixed-use” language in the town’s Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) and a zone change application for 16 Maple Avenue by Dentfix Express owner Stephen Roberto, who is looking to change the town’s zoning map to amend the property from a non-conforming residential to business designation. That application is set for public hearing at Wednesday’s Planning and Zoning Commission hearing. Several residents argue a change could bring more intensive uses, which the current designation is designed to protect, while Roberto argues it would be a benefit and that the town erred in not correcting the zoning years ago. (See more later in this story)

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Satan’s Kingdom, LLC Withdraws Application To Re-zone Property Along Route 44

The front of the Canton property as seen from Route 44.

The front of the Canton property as seen from Route 44.

Satan’s Kingdom, LLC has withdrawn its application to change 30 of its 39 acres of land along Route 44 from residential to industrial.

The proposal was the subject of a Sept. 17 Planning and Zoning Commission public hearing at which numerous residents spoke against the plan. The withdrawal means that the hearing will not continue on  Oct. 15 as originally scheduled, said town planner Neil Pade. (The commission will still meet).

Developer Allan Borghesi offered the following statement via email, “I have withdrawn due to the extreme concern that was expressed at the public meeting.  I believe that Canton residences erred in the opposition and lost an opportunity to benefit the tax base and business climate.  I am reviewing the options and will decide in the next weeks what would be best to propose on the land use.”

In July, Satan’s Kingdom, LLC formally applied to re-zone 30.386 of its 38.99 acres at 674, 684 Albany Turnpike from residential to industrial. In June, the New Hartford Planning and Zoning Commission granted a change for 18.47 acres of abutting property.  … Continue Reading

For Satan’s Kingdom Issue, The Devil Could Be in the Details

As an area businessman touted and numerous residents decried a planned industrial development along Route 44 Wednesday night, pressure continued to mount for a more narrowly defined zoning plan.

Wednesday night marked the beginning of a Canton Planning and Zoning Commission public hearing on Satan Kingdom, LLC’s application to rezone 30.386 of its 38.99 acres at 674 and 684 Albany Turnpike from residential to industrial. While the application is technically just for a zoning map amendment, much of the discussion centers on whether the change — and what could potentially happen on the property — is consistent with the Town’s Plan of Conservation and Development.

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Notes from the Sept. 17 Canton Planning and Zoning Meeting (Satan’s Kingdom, LLC Hearing Continued to Oct. 15)

Residents attend a public hearing on the Satan's Kingdom, LLC proposal.

Residents attend a public hearing on the Satan’s Kingdom, LLC proposal.

The Canton Planning and Zoning Commission has continued a public hearing on Satan Kingdom, LLC’s application to rezone 30.386 of its 38.99 acres in Canton (674, 684 Albany Turnpike) from residential to industrial.

After hearing from managing member Allan Borghesi, his attorney and numerous residents, the commission continued the matter to its next regular meeting on Oct. 15.

Editor’s Note: The text that follows below represents live updates typed during the meeting, intended only to give a general sense of what was happening. A story and/or video will follow. Also for those commenting on the site, please use first and last names. I only ask that due to experience with commenting while with a previous employer. Thank you.  … Continue Reading

Canton EDA Recommends Satan’s Kingdom, LLC Developer Pursue a ‘Design District’ Master Plan

A conceptual plan for the 674 and 684 Albany Turnpike.  Courtesy of Borghesi Building.

A conceptual plan for the 674 and 684 Albany Turnpike.
Courtesy of Borghesi Building.

The town’s Economic Development Agency has recommended that a developer looking to build an industrial park on Route 44 near the Farmington River apply for a master plan under the design district portion of the Canton zoning regulations rather than seek a change to an industrial zone.

Satan’s Kingdom, LLC has applied for a Zoning map amendment to change 30.386 of its 38.99 acres in Canton (674, 684 Albany Turnpike) from residential to industrial. The matter is slated for public hearing Wednesday night.

A district has separate requirements than any specific zone in the town’s regulations.

A design district would involve a master plan that considers such factors as a design compatibility with Canton’s historic, cultural and geographic qualities, buffers or transitional areas, a mix of compatible uses, breaking up the mass and scale of large areas and lots to reduce visual impacts, a safe and comfortable pedestrian scale environment and flexible and innovative design techniques. … Continue Reading

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