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Canton CVS to Open Sunday

Local developers still working on future plans for corner of Lawton Road, Route 44.

The new CVS Pharmacy at the corner of Lawton Road and Route 44 is set to open at 7 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, store personnel said. 

In 2011, Konover Development, LLC of Farmington and Canton 44, LLC received approvals for the CVS, designed to anchor development at the site. 

In March of this year CVS Pharmacy, LLC purchased a portion of the property at 115 Albany Turnpike (Route 44) for $800,000 and work began shortly after. 

In addition to the store itself, much work has been done on the property, including stone walls, parking lots, lighting and leveling. In addition, a short section of the Farmington River Trail was completed along Lawton Road and additional lanes and other changes were made at the intersection of Lawton, Route 44 and Lovely St. Much utility work was also completed as part of the project and a new traffic light is being installed at the Route 44 entrance. 

Town assessor Harry DerAsadourian said CVS will pay approximately $55,000 in taxes per year. 

"Konover Development Corporation is proud to include CVS among its very best clients and the new store in Canton will be the 20th free standing store that we have completed in the Northeast region," said Stanley C. Glantz, Konover's Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer. "We anticipate that with CVS's opening, interest for space in our project from retailers and medical practices will yield additional development opportunities in the near term."

Konover has preliminary approvals for two other development areas on the property but would have to go back to the town's land use boards once it gets specific proposals. 

In addition to that property, the zoning commission recently approved special exceptions and permits for the neighboring parcels at 101 and 107 Albany Turnpike. As part of that, Marc Sussman, applicant; New Broadway Realty and Canton Realty, LLC, owners, can now market the property for potential uses such as retail, office and banking. A drive-in window could also be part of a plan but the zoning commission stipulated that it be for a bank only. No specific plans have been submitted for the properties and developers would have to file site plans for any potential businesses. 

The approvals also included plans to demolish the deteriorated buildings on the site, which CVS has agreed to fund, town officials said, adding that Demolition Plus, LLC of Bloomfield has filed preliminary paperwork for the work.  

Kristie Griswold October 27, 2012 at 09:11 AM
Yeah... a store with available batteries!
Mike October 27, 2012 at 12:02 PM
The whole development adds beauty and character to Canton in addition to solving our need for another drug store. The additional traffic light will add city charm to Route 44.
Sandy Betsch October 27, 2012 at 01:04 PM
We are so grateful to have the construction complete -- 6:10 AM awakenings by boulders being tossed around, back-up beeps, and the like for many, many weeks -- as our granddaughter remarked, too bad about the destruction to make something useful ~
Betty October 27, 2012 at 03:30 PM
CVS & Konover did a nice job. Approximately $55,000 of revenue is great news for Canton taxpayers! We certainly can use the annual help with the back log of repairs that we face, and with the town highway garage that we have been trying to build for 25 years.
Joe C October 27, 2012 at 06:25 PM
I'm so glad for the new CVS! Now I don't have to drive and entire two more miles to get to the next one. I'm hoping they might put another on the corner of Dyer and Rt 44. Then I can really save some time when I need batteries or candy bars. Konover definitely knows how to develop a wonderful community! Thank God we don't have to look at that empty field any more.
Randy Carrin October 27, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Thank goodness, i no longer have to drive a mile to the local Walgreen's in Canton Village or make a 2.5 mile exodus to the CVS in Avon or a 2 mile drive to Walgreens in Avon or the Rite-Aid there. And if I had my way, I would add at least another bank or two to the area because we certainly don't have enough of those. And why not another pizzaria while we're at it. And let's give the development rights to Konover of course, because they really care less about making a buck and want to do what's right for our town. And thank goodness Canton will get another $55,000 in added tax revenue from CVS alone. Every year it seems, another commercial development is approved so that additional revenue can be added to the town coffers. And yet, it never seems to be enough. Our town planners and zoning commission should be commended for their far-sightedness in seeing Canton down the road as becoming Avon 2. As more and more land gets developed for commercial interests, I am proud that I live in such a fiscally responsible but increasingly ugly town. Let's build some more $750,000 homes and build some more recreational fields so that all the new money people have a greater choice of places to shop, a greater array of fields to send their children to participate in one of the 4 travel sports teams that kids now must participate in. I mourn the loss of what was once a unique and lovely town.
Chris Carroll October 27, 2012 at 10:56 PM
I'm just so delighted to have another traffic light on 44. Welcome to the Avon Turnpike. They lied to us again!
Randy Carrin December 04, 2012 at 06:44 PM
So how do the others in our town like the new CVS store and the additional traffic light and traffic? Don't we have such long-range thinking public policy makers. By the way, can someone from the Wetlands Commission tell me how this parcel was approved when there seems to be a swamp on the Lawton Road side of the lot? Very attractive by the way. I anticipate it will be another year...maybe two before the fine people who run our town will tell us more tax revenues are needed and Burger King will help add to our tax base as will a KMart. This is not the Canton I moved into 25 years ago which at that time I saw as a beautiful town. I guess with all the $750,000 homes being built, those residents don't mind living in West Avon, at least until the banks foreclose on what might be over-mortgaged homes.
Wyatt December 04, 2012 at 07:16 PM
With people like this, no wonder CT is viewed as such an anti-business state.

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