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.