Major development proposed for Shelton's Canal Street

Rendering of the proposed Riverview Park Royal, a five-story structure that would house 80 apartments and 11,000 square feet of retail, with 181 parking spaces, at 113 to 123 Canal St.

Rendering of the proposed Riverview Park Royal, a five-story structure that would house 80 apartments and 11,000 square feet of retail, with 181 parking spaces, at 113 to 123 Canal St.

Primrose Companies / Contributed photo

SHELTON — A local developer is proposing major redevelopment that, if approved, could bring retail and apartments to a redeveloping Canal Street.

John Guedes, Shelton resident and owner of Primrose Companies, has submitted plans for Riverview Park Royal, a five-story structure that would house 80 apartments and 11,000 square feet of retail, with 181 parking spaces at 123 Canal St.

The application asks for a special exception for the 1.63-acre lot, which sits on the Housatonic River in a River Front District.

The Planning and Zoning Commission has officially received the application and will be setting a public hearing date in the near future.

The city received $400,000 in cleanup grants from the EPA Brownfields Program in 2008 for sites at 113 and 123 Canal St.

The property at 113 Canal St. is the former Axton Cross parcel, which was originally occupied by a bolts manufacturer and later by a chemical manufacturer that mixed powdered metals, cleaners and liquid acids. Contaminants on the site included metals and volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds.

At 123 Canal St. is the former Samarius parcel. From the late 1800s to 1985, the Samarius site was occupied by a variety of industrial enterprises, including brass, silver goods and textile manufacturers.

brian.gioiele@hearstmediact.com