A Mixed-Use Development With 120,000 Square Feet Proposed In Canton

A developer has proposed building 93 apartments along with a commercial building on Cherry Brook Road in the Hart’s Corner section of town.

That proposal was submitted to the town recently and the planning and zoning commission is expected to hold a hearing on it in December. The development would be at the intersection of Route 44 and Cherry Brook Road. According to the application, the site was once a gravel quarry but is now vacant.

The site is in a relatively undeveloped part of town and economic development agency Chairman Robert Bessel said the proposal is a welcome one because of that.

“The EDA sees this area as one of several in town where there is considerable potential for development,” Bessel said, “and Hart’s Corner is a great spot. You have three major roads coming together and we have commercial activity there already.”

Bessel said he sees the potential for further business expansion at that location beyond the proposal that was recently submitted.

The developer, Ron Weber, could not be reached for comment but Chief Administrative Officer Robert Skinner said he and other town officials have been talking to Weber about his plans for the past several months.

Weber’s proposal is not the first one for the site. In 2006 the town approved plans for a 19-unit active older adult development but that project never went forward. Skinner said that during 2012, the town looked at buying the parcel and putting a new public works garage there. That plan also did not happen.

Two buildings would be constructed on the 9-acre site, in the most recent proposal. One on Cherry Brook Road would be 20,000 square feet and be marketed as a medical office building, according to application materials. The second building, at 99,500 square feet, would be set back from the road. According to the application, the larger building would have 93 apartments with a total of 145 bedrooms.

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