At the Nov. 18 commission meeting, the members voted to recommend the approval of warehouse distribution activity at 141 Railroad Street, site of the mixed-use development The Mill on Etowah.
This request was discussed during the Canton Planning Commission’s work session on Nov. 6. The request was made by Grant Schmeelk of Dime.
At the meeting, commissioners raised concerns about potential traffic flow problems created by shipping trucks coming in and out of the development. The size of the trucks was also a concern. Commission member Leon Stafford brought up at that meeting that it would be a good idea to find out the size of the trucks, as well as how often the trucks would come in and out of the mill.
There was also a concern among members regarding the possible traffic flow in a tight quarters area like the mill. The mill currently has three entrances, with the third entrance leading into West Main Street.
At last Monday’s meeting, more information was presented to the commission to help ease their concerns, though no specific business name was mentioned as a possible warehouse distribution tenant.
Applicants reported there will be three deliveries a week coming out of the warehouse via cargo vans and there will be a delivery coming to the warehouse once or twice a week via a semi-truck. Delivery trucks will come in through the entrance near AutoZone at West Main Street. The size of the trucks is unknown at this time.
The commission also voted to recommend approval of a request for a conditional use permit at 227 Marietta St.
The owner of the property and townhouse developer, Brad Fisher, wants to bring new housing to downtown Canton. The project could be single or multi-family. It currently consists of four to five townhouses.
The townhouses would be a total of three stories high. The first level will be a garage and a bonus room. The second and third levels will be approximately 2,000 square feet of living space.
Both of these requests will be voted on during a future City Council meeting.