Deli Master seeks $225K grant

Wants to expand business

The Fulton County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution Monday authorizing submission of a $225,000 state Community Development Block Grant on behalf of Deli Master Foods. CDBG applications must be filed by local government entities. There will be no cost to the county. (The Leader-Herald/Ashley Onyon)

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County government will assist a local business filing an application seeking a $225,000 state Community Development Block Grant for expansion.

The Fulton County Center for Regional Growth has been working with Deli Master Foods at 14 Industrial Pkwy. developing plans to purchase and renovate property at 104 Van Road in the town of Johnstown.

CRG board Vice Chairman Kent Kirch approached the Fulton County Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development and Environment Committee in March asking the county to assist the company in filing a grant application for the project.

The project qualifies for financing under the CDBG program administered by the state Office of Community Renewal, but applications must be filed by local government entities.

As the project is located outside of any city’s jurisdiction, Kirch said Fulton County is eligible to submit the application on the company’s behalf.

Kirch noted that no money was being requested from the county.

Grants funds would contribute to the cost of purchasing and renovating the building and purchasing new equipment. The project would see the company expand as it moved into the larger building. It is anticipated that 15 jobs would be created.

The county Board of Supervisors held a public hearing on a resolution authorizing county sponsorship of the application during Monday’s meeting. Deli Master Foods owner Steven Schiavo, his son and consultant John Schiavo and CRG President and CEO Ronald Peters spoke in support of the project.

“I would like to move to 104 Van Road to a bigger place. I feel like the county needs it, the people want us to be up there and do what we have been and I think we can do a great job there and put many people to work for us,” Steven Schiavo said.

John Schiavo agreed saying that in addition to creating local jobs at the company, the project would benefit community members by allowing the company to expand their product line offering individual shoppers and their restaurant customers more options.

“It’s also going to, I think, enhance the county’s efforts for the Hales Mills Road quarter right up next to the Walmart Supercenter and take a vacant building and get it up and running and productive again. That’s what we’re all shooting for,” Peters added.

Peters estimated total financing for the project at $550,000 including the grant funds. The CRG is working on a financing package for the project that Peters said would was close to being finalized.

The Schiavos said they wouldn’t know the final cost of the project until the moving process started, but they plan to self finance a portion of it beyond any grant or loan funding.

“We think this is a great application,” Peters said. “We are in favor of the project and looking forward to going forward.”

No other members of the public spoke during the public hearing.

Following a brief executive session the board approved the resolution authorizing submission of the $225,000 CDBG application for Deli Master Foods. Johnstown 3rd Ward Supervisor John Callery abstained from the vote citing past business dealings with one of the parties in the resolution. The remaining board members voted in favor of the resolution.

County Administrative Officer Jon Stead said Tuesday that the CRG will coordinate and administer the application process on behalf of the county with monitoring from the Fulton County Planning Department.