This is a plan of the proposed Avon Village Center, a large scale development of the area currently known as Avon Park North that was the former site of the Ensign Bickford Co., an old line manufacturer of products for the mining industry and through which runs the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail. The trail route will be slightly altered and is shown in this plan as the dotted red line. It still crosses Route 44 through the existing tunnel beneath that busy road, and enters the new Center as shown in the lower left corner of the plan, winding on-road behind the Avon Police Department, and onto Ensign Drive as at present. The slight alteration occurs at the point where the trail leaves Ensign Drive and circles around a new feature before rejoining the road at Fisher Drive, and then to the at-grade crossing of Route 10 in the upper right corner of the plan. This development will consist of a mixed use of residences, offices, retail shops (and, I hope, a coffee shop and an ice cream shop among them).
This will likely be a very long development and construction process once the plans are approved, but provides yet one more amenity along the trail and more reasons to get out and ride it. I imagine the possibility of commuting from some of the new residences to jobs in Simsbury or across the street in Avon Park South, or for workers living along the trail north or south being able to bike to work at new jobs in this center. Pretty cool, huh?