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Academy & Main Phase 1 was completed in January 2019 and is now looking to Phase 2 which will include a parking deck, apartments and connection to The Mill on Etowah.

CANTON — At the Thursday meeting of the Canton City Council, a developer presented officials with an alternative to a parking deck the city has been planning to build downtown.

Representatives from engineering firm Clark Patterson Lee presented two options for the planned Archer Street parking deck, while Robert Good representing the nearby Academy & Main mixed-use development presented an alternative option to merge the public parking deck with Academy & Main.

Clark Patterson Lee was chosen as the engineers behind the Archer Street parking deck in May and has been working with city staff since to create options to present to council. The first option presented included:

♦ Five levels with 275 parking spaces;

♦ Fits on current property;

♦ Pedestrian connections on Archer Street and West Marietta Street;

♦ Would back up directly to residential area; and

♦ Cost $5.8 million.

The second option would be to turn plan one sideways and includes:

♦ Five levels with 305 parking spaces;

♦ Would require the city to purchase additional property;

♦ Allows for the realignment of West Marietta Street to a true four-way intersection;

♦ Less excavation needed;

♦ Same pedestrian connections on Archer Street and West Marietta Street; and

♦ Cost $6 million.

Council was interested in both options but the options were not up for a vote.

Robert Good of the Good Group and Mark Harris of the Harris Group presented their plan for Phase 2 of Academy & Main, the renovation of the former Canton Elementary School and Canton Textile Mills office building. They suggested that council members consider their project as an alternative to the parking deck on Archer Street, because they are looking into a larger parking deck that could offer public parking.

The plan is still in the early stages but Good and Harris went before the council to ask if they can begin working with city staff to bring forth their plan for a parking deck, apartments and possible connection to The Mill on Etowah, another mixed-use renovation of a historic property just down a hill from Academy & Main.

The group is looking to create a parking deck with five levels and more than 400 spots which they will then “wrap” with 250 one and two bedroom apartments to mask the parking deck. Council’s main concern was the apartment residents taking a chunk of the parking spots in the deck, leaving less for public use.

Harris also gave an update on the vacant spaces within Academy & Main by saying the company is fielding inquiries, but is selective about what tenants will go into the development.

The next City Council meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Aug. 15 at 110 Academy St.

Born and raised in the Canton/ Woodstock area, a graduate of Reinhardt University and a lover of life.

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