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Rendering of the proposed apartment complex and parking deck.

The Canton City Council on Thursday heard a request for a conditional-use permit for construction of an apartment complex and parking deck in the Academy and Main development in downtown Canton.

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 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 highlighting several key points of the proposed apartment complex. A couple of features of the proposed $50 million project would include a maximum of 250 units. The complex would consist of almost seven acres and would be five stories tall.

Other features of the proposed complex would 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 would also be available to rent for the public and local organizations.

The current parking area for the Academy and Main development would lose 99 of its current 195 surface level parking spaces as a result of this proposed project. The applicant has said the project would 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, three handicap parking spaces, and 422 parking deck spaces.

City staff recommended adding a four-way stop with pedestrian crossing at Academy and Archer Street and as a result of a traffic study done in the area.

Council will discuss further and vote on these requests at its next meeting on Jan. 21 at 6 p.m.

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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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