CHESHIRE — Plans for a Chase Bank, with a drive-thru ATM, were revealed at a Planning and Zoning Commission meeting earlier this week.
The new facility would be located at 202-216 Highland Ave. (Route 10), just south of East Mitchell Avenue. The demolition phase would require tearing down the two existing buildings on the properties, a representative for the bank told the commission Monday night.
“The site is approximately 1.4 acres in size … the property is currently made up of two buildings — one is a commercial building and the other is a single-family residential home — which will both make up the Chase building once it’s complete,” said Ryan MacAvoy, an engineer from SLR Consulting representing the bank. “Surrounding properties to the east include Cheshire Hillside Village … and to the north is a single-family dwelling.”
Plans call for 27 parking spaces. The proposal has already been approved by the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission.
“What we plan to do on the site is demolish the existing structures … and construct a single bank, which would be situated centrally on the parcel or the two parcels,” MacAvoy said. “Access will continue to be used from the signalized intersection across the street from Stop & Shop and the entrance to Maplecroft Plaza. Parking will be located south and east of the proposed building.”
While most of the commissioners seemed satisfied with the plans Monday night, Commissioner Matt Bowman voiced his concerns about landscaping and the ATM.
“Please be sure that the area is open and that people can see. If you’re going to have an ATM, at least make sure you have a sight line or view so that no one is getting robbed,” he added.
The public hearing for Chase Bank plan will be held open until May 24.