It was standing room only in Avon on Tuesday night at a meeting about one of the biggest proposed projects in town history.
The project is difficult to really imagine because if it goes forward, the wooded area in the town’s center would be replaced by a slew of apartments and businesses.
“I don't think it's worth it to lose the rural beauty,” said Joe Prabuos.
"This is a big change. A lot more commercial and that has some concern," said Claudia Burson.
On Tuesday, the Planning and Zoning Board met to consider the proposal, which includes 314 apartments, more than 700,000 square feet of retail and business space, and a 15-acre park and performance area.
Avon Town Planner Hiram Peck has not made an officials recommendation to the zoning board yet, but said the benefits would be clear.
"It provides vitality; all the activity is sort of around innovative unique things that are happening in downtowns and village centers and this is the opportunity for the commission to consider that," Peck said.
Edyth Bergman, who lives right across the street from the proposed village center is opposed to the proposal because she feels it would change the town.
"This would be totally destroying the center of our town," she said.
However, others don’t agree.
“I don't think it would be worth it. I think it's crowded enough,” said Carol Galbraith.
Cate Mortimer disagrees.
“I think its fine, we have apartments in West Hartford and Canton so I think it would be fine,” Mortimer said.
Tuesday’s meeting was just a discussion, but a vote could happen later this month.
The project would be paid for with $225 million in private money.
Town officials said they believe the new town center would bring in $3 million in tax revenue per year, and save the average homeowner about $350 per year.
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