Planimetrics presented its latest 3-D visuals Monday night of a proposed technology corridor that would stretch along Route 195 from Rhodes Road to Baxter Street.
The Planning & Zoning Commission could start discussing new regulations to serve the commercial development as early as January 2013.
The informational meeting featured 3-D pictures of possible business developments that could cluster in 50-foot setbacks from the busy route.
One potential road would link the private roadways that currently exist into Nerac and the Headliners plaza, while another parcel and road to the west of Route 195 is currently completely undeveloped.
Proposed Development Potential:
According to Planimetrics:
- There is approximately 240,000 square feet available for buildings on the east side of Route 195, and room for around 1,000 parking spaces
- On the west side, 150,000 square feet for businesses could be built with 600 parking spaces
- All developments could be set back 50 feet from the road
- The model assumes there are no water or sewer limitations; in reality development could be limited by the infrastructure that is available
- Buildings are assumed to be two-stories high, although the slope in some areas would allow for a three-story building with minimal visibility from Route 195
- Proposed road entrances would be at and across from Nerac, as well as an entrance from Rhodes Road
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P&ZC chairperson Marilee Beebe said that any commercial development in the area could be well-served by a proposed multi-family home project that would be built along Route 195 and Anthony Road.
"We'd be looking to make sure there is a plan of connectivity there," Beebe said, so that residents of the development could easily travel to the potential commercial offices.
Town Planner Linda Farmer said that the Planimetrics overview would be brought before the Public Safety Department and the Economic Development Commission for review.
Planimetrics Senior Planner Heidi Samokar said that she would expect full commercial development of the area to build up over ten years or more. While Planimetrics can create visuals and projected development, any commercial projects are ultimately brought forward by the area's property owners.
The presentation and a 3-D video of the potential development will be available on the town's website later this week.