Johnstown Planning Board set public hearing for additional project

An addition is planned for the Miracle Ear/Frasier Enterprises building at the Johnstown Industrial Park, which is seen Wednesday. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

JOHNSTOWN — The city Planning Board on Tuesday set a public hearing for an addition project by Miracle Ear/Frasier Enterprises at the Johnstown Industrial Park that is expected to create 15 new jobs.

Gloversville engineer Darrin Romeyn told the board at City Hall the business needs a one-story, ranch-style, 3,318-square-foot building addition at its current 131 Enterprise Road location. The addition is purely for office space.

“A good thing is happening, [Miracle Ear] needs additional space,” Romeyn said.

Miracle Ear/Frasier Enterprises employs about 25 to 30 people in Johnstown, including at its 55 E. Main St. call center at the Johnstown Professional Office Complex. The center does business with 350 stores in 18 states.

The planning board scheduled a public hearing on Miracle Ear/Frasier Enterprises’ site plan application for 4 p.m. Sept. 4 at City Hall. The board may approve a construction permit for the project that day.

Gloversville engineer Darrin Romeyn, standing, reviews a proposed project addition by Miracle Ear/Frasier Enterprises for the Johnstown City Planning Board Tuesday afternoon at Johnstown City Hall. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

The board also declared itself lead agency for a state Environmental Quality Review for the project.

Romeyn said his client will probably do some “minor prep work” at the Enterprise Road site in the next month, prior to possible permit approval. Nineteen additional parking spaces are anticipated.

Miracle Ear/Frasier Associates proposes the building addition to tie into the existing 4,418-square-foot building.

“The owner requests to add to the existing building because it is necessary to create more office space for his expanding business and his growing staff,” a previous letter from Romeyn to the board indicated. “Considering the proposed addition usage is consistent with the existing usage, little to no additional traffic will be generated by this development.”

The engineer noted commercial property for the proposed project is comprised of nearly one acre. Enterprise Road is shared with a few other businesses, such as Walmart, which are not expected to be disturbed by the addition.

The project will extend 10 feet from the rear of the building and 40 feet from the left side of the building. Proposed drainage will maintain consistency with the existing drainage. The project will not upgrade lighting. Expansion of the parking lot will allow for a total of 42 parking spaces, the project description states.

Romeyn said that with this “fairly simple” project to enhance the current building, elevation won’t change and the addition will look like the existing building. He said drainage will be maintained.

“Stormwater really wasn’t an issue in this project,” Romeyn said.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.

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