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New downtown Canton housing proposal contains 348 units

Posted by Dave Eisenstadter  January 24, 2013 04:22 PM

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A high-density housing development with 348-units is being proposed for the Plymouth Rubber property on Revere Street, Canton selectmen said.

Selectmen declined to endorse or oppose the project until a consultant’s report is complete. That should happen by the end of February, selectmen Chairman Robert Burr said at Tuesday’s selectmen meeting.

The proposal contains 64 town house units, 80 age-restricted units for residents 55 and older, and 204 apartments, Burr said.

Canton Development Partners LLC, a subsidiary of Illinois-based Napleton Co., owns the property and previously led an effort to rezone the property to push through a larger development. That effort failed at Town Meeting in 2008.

Burr said this effort might have more support from town leaders if the consultant’s report shows a benefit to the town.

The site has old buildings containing asbestos, and a cleanup of the property would cost $5 million, according to Burr – $1 million for demolition, $3 million for asbestos removal and mediation of the buildings and building footprints, and $1 million for soil remediation.

The site is located near Canton Center, meaning that a high-density housing project could have large implications on that part of town. However, Burr said Thursday that the property could not simply be left as-is.

“It is not good to have a contaminated waste site in the center of downtown,” he said.

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