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Rendering of the proposed apartment complex and parking deck that will be a part of the Academy and Main development in downtown Canton.

The Canton City Council approved a request for a conditional-use permit to build apartments and a parking deck in the Academy and Main development in downtown Canton, 115 Academy St., at it most recent meeting.

The applicant, Terwilliger Pappas Multi-Family Partners, LLC, submitted the request, as well as a master plan for the Academy and Main development. Community Development Director Ken Patton said at the Jan. 7 council meeting that the master plan would include the existing office and retail buildings, as well as the Panera Bread restaurant and the proposed apartment building and parking deck. The master plan also seeks to establish development criteria.

Representatives from the applicant gave a brief presentation to the council at that meeting highlighting several key points of the apartment complex. A couple of features of the $50 million project will include a maximum of 250 units, and the complex will consist of almost seven acres. The complex will be five stories tall.

Other features of the complex will include a rooftop clubroom, game room, business center, a conference room, cyber cafe and coffee bar, fitness center, electric car charging stations, dog park, pool, and other features. Rooftop space will also be available to rent for the public and local organizations.

The current parking area for Academy and Main development will lose 99 of its current 195 surface level parking spaces as a result of the project. During the council’s most recent meeting, Community Development Director Ken Patton confirmed that the project will add up to an additional 522 new parking spaces as a result of the deck and surface spaces. These spaces would include 100 regular surface parking spots for public use and 422 parking deck spaces.

City Manager Billy Peppers said the number of ADA parking spaces will be determined using certain codes and would be reviewed as an overall parking project is submitted. As a multi-level deck, there would be a requirement for so many spaces meeting ADA on each level at each entrance into the building.

Both requests were approved with additional conditions put together by city staff and the council. Some of the conditions include adding a four-way stop with pedestrian crossing at Academy and Archer streets, the applicant will provide $7,000 toward road improvements for the intersection of Waleska and Railroad streets, a $10,000 contribution to the housing fund and two units dedicated to Canton Police Department at 50% reduction in rates, and a five foot buffer around the property known as 41 Hill St., which will consist of various evergreen plantings.

Peppers added that the developers offered the Canton Police Department the two units at this complex, and that the 50% reduction rate coincides with the discounted rates for many first responders, law enforcement personnel, and educators living in downtown Canton apartments.

The council also voted to abandon both a portion of Hill Street Circle and all of Circle Court, which are located within the Academy and Main development and are no longer used by the public, Patton said.

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Ethan is a reporter covering the cities of Holly Springs & Canton. He also covers city governments and lifestyle. He is a graduate of Kennesaw State University.

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Yo, semite!

Oh, great! Just what we need - more apartments! Multifamily housing is great for traffic, water availability, infrastructure load, and the health and social welfare of people living in close confinement. I'm really glad the days of "slow growth/low density" are over in Cherokee County. Overpopulation is a great way to make friends.

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