Two apartment complexes totaling 280 units could replace the former Thomas Concrete mixing plant located to the north of The Mill on Etowah, pending a decision from the Canton City Council later this month.

The Residential Group, a developer under contract with Canton Mill Ventures, is looking to transform the former Thomas Concrete mixing plant, 225 Reformation Parkway, into two apartment complexes. Kurt Alexander, principal with The Residential Group, in a letter to the city dated March 29, wrote that he seeks an amendment to the Canton Mills master plan to add an additional 30 units to the proposed 250 unit complexes, which was already a part of the area master plan.

Ken Patton, community development director, said during Thursday’s council meeting that the proposed market rate development would offer multi-family apartments, with rent ranging from $1,200 to $2,400 a month. In Alexander’s letter of intent, he wrote that the apartments would be a mix of studio, one bedroom, and two bedroom units. Patton said the applicant did not specify why they want to add 30 apartment units.

Other aspects of the project would include corridors, a gated parking deck consisting of 396 spaces, and amenities for the community. Patton said the deck would be located towards the center of the development.

“I’d like to see something truly unique and spectacular,” councilmember Sandy McGrew said. “I want something that would be eye-popping that will make people want to come and live here.”

The Canton Mills master plan consists of 33.13 acres of mixed use development in downtown Canton between Railroad Street and the Etowah River, including The Mill on Etowah. The master plan includes the 3.5-acre site which is proposed to be the home of the apartment complex. A four to five story complex would be located to the north of The Mill on Etowah and to the south of AutoZone.

Patton added that an updated traffic study would be conducted per request from city staff to see what additional changes to the plan could be warranted due to ongoing development in the area. The study would be submitted as part of the construction plans for the project.

Mayor Bill Grant told the Tribune before the meeting he thinks the location of the project is good and highly preferable to the industrial concrete plant.

Also at the meeting, the council also discussed a pair of requests for amendments to the Laurel Canyon master plan.

Patton said the developer is asking the city to allow single family attached residential units as an allowed use for a section of Laurel Canyon. The applicant, John Gaskin, representing Ballantry PMC Laurel, LLC, is looking to build three two-unit buildings on the 3.7-acre site, Patton said. The master plan currently allows single family detached lots.

The other Laurel Canyon master plan amendment request, from city staff, is to add residential as an allowed use in a separate section of the site, 70 Laurel Canyon Village Drive. This request would allow for single family attached and detached units such as townhomes, triplexes, quadplexes, and condominiums. The current approved uses for the 1.9-acre site are for commercial and office uses. City Manager Billy Peppers said Thursday the city originally planned for the land to be used for a fire station, but since the county handles fire emergencies, the station wasn’t needed.

The Canton City Council will make a decision on these requests at the June 17 meeting at 6 p.m. at city hall, 110 Academy St. The meeting will also be available online at

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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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