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Town Officials Eye Potential Property for New Highway Garage

Location not yet made public.

In its search for a site on which to build a new town highway garage, Canton officials are eyeing a potential property.

As allowed by state statute, the Board of Selectmen discussed a potential real estate transaction in a recent executive session (closed-door meeting) as did the Permanent Municipal Building Committee Tuesday night.

“We have a parcel that we’re exploring,” First Selectman Richard Barlow confirmed Tuesday afternoon.

Barlow said he could not yet divulge its location but did confirm it is not 5 Cherry Brook, the parcel residents rejected purchasing at a 2010 referendum. The town had planned to put a $6.5 million highway garage project involving a modified piece of the same property and a new garage on the November 2012 ballot but pulled the project after the appraisals came in lower than the purchase price.

Barlow said the property, which is not town owned, was previously considered by at the time seemed to involve “impediments” that would prevent its purchase.

With further information, the town has realized those may not be as insurmountable as believed, Barlow added.

“On first analysis, the property has some good attributes in term of access, utilities and land acquisition,” Barlow said. 

Fred January 09, 2013 at 08:37 PM
I wonder if anyone has put a thought into the 5 or so acres just donated to the town by the Grange in North Canton. I guess 4 miles from the Route 44 expressway is too far from the Collinsville folks who want their highway garage within sighting distance... The property in North Canton is right next to the Fire Department, who's association is soon to go defunct and they too will likely have to donate that 7 acres to the town also... Just think, donated land, no expense other than the building costs. Too good of a deal?
Wyatt January 09, 2013 at 09:21 PM
Who are the "Collinsville folks who want their highway garage within sighting distance?"
Donna Carney March 02, 2013 at 05:09 PM
Fred the Grange was donated to town to be fixed and used my boy scouts and others not to be wripped down. It is not the case that you can just build what you want there are agreements, the people from the grange don't want it to be a garage so lets consider another place for this garage.......

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