The idea has met stiff opposition from nearby homeowners, however, because the developer’s plan involves leveling part of the iconic rock ledge just west of where Canton, Conn., meets Simsbury, Conn.
(TNS) — A developer’s controversial proposal for an electric vehicle showroom along
The idea has met stiff opposition from nearby homeowners, however, because Frisbie’s plan involves leveling part of the iconic rock ledge just west of Canton’s border with
Organized as Canton Advocates For Responsible Expansion or
They also say a two-story car showroom on top of the remaining rock ledge will dominate the skyline, hurt the town’s appearance and simply expand the uninterrupted line of stores, strip plazas and gas stations that lines most of
If Canton’s planning and zoning commission authorizes the project, “It will adversely impact the lives of residents in
But Frisbie and property owner
“We have the facts and the science,” Frisbie said Thursday. “We’ve been working with the town to give it a great project. This is the future of transportation.”
Frisbie’s plan is build a showroom at
The 26-acre site is just east of the closed La Trattoria restaurant on
Much of the land can’t be developed because of the rock ledge, and Frisbie and Greenberg plan a six-days-a-week blasting operation to level part of it.
“We were initially talking about bringing it down to the road grade. Now we’re proposed to take it down 15 to 18 feet near the street — when you go back farther in the property, it would go down 40 to 50 feet,” Frisbie said.
Homeowners have sent scores of letters urging commissioners to refuse special permits for the project.
“This development would require extensive blasting that would create contamination of our water supply since we have a well. This construction plan is against zoning regulations, would be an eyesore, and would be out of character with the existing community,” wrote Carol and
“One person’s right to develop their property does not supersede thousands of residents’ right to have safe, potable drinking water and clean air, safe roads, and a peaceful existence in their homes,” wrote Kara and
Frisbie said Thursday that he and his consultants have been answering neighbors’ concerns all along, and will respond to the latest issues when the commission’s hearing resumes
It is an affluent area that will be receptive to electric vehicle technology, he said. The EV industry got an enormous boost with the election of President
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