CANTON — The former Thomas Concrete mixing plant located to the north of The Mill on Etowah could soon be transformed into a 280-unit apartment complex pending a decision from the Canton City Council at Thursday’s meeting.

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 an apartment complex. 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 complex, which was already a part of the area master plan.

In the letter, Alexander wrote that the proposed market rate development would offer multi-family apartments, with rent ranging from $1,200 to $2,400 a month. The apartments would be a mix of studio, one bedroom, and two bedroom units. The project would include corridors, a gated parking deck consisting of 396 spaces, and amenities for the community.

“For the most part, I think the location of the project is good and highly preferable to the unsightly industrial concrete plant that has been on that site for many years,” Canton Mayor Bill Grant said. “The supplied rendering of the building is very nice and mirrors several aspects of the historic Canton Cotton Mill, and the high-end market rate units would place more pedestrians in walking distance to the new merchants not only at The Mill on Etowah, but downtown Canton as well.”

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.

“Our recent housing study and the multifamily evaluation conducted in 2016 both indicated the need for urban pedestrian apartments in the downtown corridor, so this project adheres to those plans,” Grant said. “I look forward to hearing more details about the project at the public hearing and discussing it with the city council.”

Grant added that, from his understanding, the city’s community development department is suggesting a traffic study to review what impact and improvements would need to be made at the intersection.

The Canton City Council will hold a public hearing for this request at its meeting Thursday at 6 p.m. at city hall, 110 Academy St. The meeting will also be available online at canton.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx.

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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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