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Keeler Property Development Expected To Be Voted On Tonight

September 12, 2011 by John Rook

Will the proposed Old Towne Commons development contract become a reality?
Tonight will go a long way in answering that question.
The Cheshire Planning and Zoning Commission is expected to vote on the project, presented by local developer Paul Bowman, tonight at its 7:30 p.m. meeting at Town Hall. The plan calls for the current historic Keeler House, off of South Main Street, to be refurbished while a near replica of the old Keeler Stove Shop, which was torn down earlier this year after a snow storm caused the back portion of its roof to collapse, will built right next door. When completed, the new development will reportedly house retail shops, residential units, and a restaurant. There will also be an office building and townhouses constructed on the property.
The PZC first reviewed the proposal over the summer, however residents at the Old Towne Condominium Complex, located behind the Keeler property, expressed concerns over how the private street, Old Towne Road, would be used going forward, and how much traffic could be increased because of the development. Members of the Old Towne Condominium Association's Board of Directors had supposedly come to an understanding with Bowman and his representatives, yet it is unclear if residents who initially opposed the development have changed their mind.
The PZC meeting will be held in Council Chambers tonight. For the full story, see this Thursday's Cheshire Herald.

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