SHELTON — John Guedes’ Canal Street redevelopment has now turned to the former Chromium Process site.

Developer Shelton, owner of Bridgeport-based Primrose Companies, has submitted plans to build Chromium Commons, a four-story structure with commercial space on the first floor and 30 apartments on the upper floors, at 113 Canal St., the former site of the Chromium Process manufacturing building.

Guedes – who, along with his partner Biagio Barone, has reached an agreement to buy the site from the city – is seeking approval from the Planning and Zoning Commission for the property to be designated a planned development district (PDD). A public hearing date has not yet been set.

Last year, the Board of Aldermen approved the sale of the property to Guedes and Barone for $100,000. As part of the deal, the developers will pay $137,500 for brick pavers for the River Walk extension being built at the back of 129 Canal St.

The original purchase price for the property was $250,000, but Guedes and Barone reduced their offer to $100,000 after learning that part of the former Chromium Process site – listed at 125 Canal St. – had been sold by the city to promoter Angelo Melisi.

The former Chromium Process site, which has been environmentally remediated, borders Canal Street East and Canal Street West and is adjacent to Housatonic Rail Co. and a few hundred feet from the Housatonic River. The site is currently used as a car park and is within walking distance of public car parks.

Guedes’ proposal calls for 8,350 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor, while the top three floors will each include five one-bedroom apartments and five two-bedroom apartments. There will be 32 surface parking spaces.

Guedes said he originally prepared development plans for a four-story, 26,000-square-foot recreation building with a two-story parking lot. These plans called for the use of the 0.10 acre triangular-shaped lot listed at 125 Canal St. for the entrance to the proposed parking lot.

Those plans must have changed when, Guedes said, he learned the city had sold that property to Melisi for $4,000. At this time, Mayor Mark Lauretti had applied to the College of Aldermen to use eminent domain to repossess the property, but his request was denied.

Lawyer Dominick Thomas, who represents Guedes, said the size and location of the building on the site was also changed due to its proximity to Burying Ground Brook.

While concerns have been raised about the potential for downtown parking to be lost, Downtown Development Manager Ken Nappi said the 70-space reduction will be offset by the city’s parking lease. on the Eversource property, across from the now completed Cedar Village at Carroll. Nappi said the leased spaces would make around 590 parking spaces available downtown.

Overall, Guedes is responsible for the rehabilitation of Birmingham and Lofts and the construction of three new buildings – the Merion, the nearly completed River Breeze and the Riverside Commercial. His plans for Riverview Park Royal are currently pre-planning and zoning.

Guedes has invested over $33 million in Canal Street developments and is responsible for over 300 homes to date.

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