The Auburn Planning Board held a meeting on Tuesday to discuss the proposed Grant Avenue redevelopment project.
The proposed redevelopment plan would merge six sites- 121, 135, 139, 143, and 145 Grave Ave. and 9-13 McGarr St.- into three, according to The Citizen. One would be a Popeyes restaurant, the second would be an additional quick-serve restaurant, and the third would be transformed into a new apartment complex.
The two restaurants would be connected to Grant Ave. by a new access road. Notably, developer Liberty Restaurants is considering a self-storage facility in place of apartments for the third site.
One of the main concerns brought up at the board’s Tuesday, April 5 meeting was traffic patterns. Constructing a climate-controlled self-storage facility instead of an apartment complex would attract less traffic to the area, according to market studies.
The three houses, two garages and warehouse currently on the sites would be demolished. Liberty is currently working with the state Department of Transportation (DOT) to address traffic concerns.
The planning board voted to table the site plan while the developer works to finalize the plan with the DOT.
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