Mental health service to propose housing unit

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton Friendship House, which provides area mental health services, will propose a new two-story housing unit before the City Planning Board at 4 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall.

A site plan for a 65,000-square-foot housing building at 507 N. Perry St. is on Tuesday’s board agenda.

According to the project narrative, Fulton Friendship House is partnering with CSD Housing LLC, AND Architecture & Design, Greenman Pedersen Inc., and Coldwell Banker to create the V-shaped, “mixed supportive” low-income, affordable housing project. The building will have a central commons hub at the intersection of two wings.

“The east wing radiates from the hub in an easterly direction and is the shorter wing,” the narrative says. “The south wing radiates from the hub in a southeasterly direction and is the longer of the two wings. The structure will utilize a concrete foundation with slab on grade first floor with woodframe construction above the first-floor slab. The exterior finish will be a combination of cultured stone and durable clapboard siding with asphalt shingle roofing.”

Also on Tuesday’s agenda, the board will review a site plan for an addition at Brown’s Ford, 121 N. Comrie Ave. The car dealership wants to construct a 4,800-square-foot metal building addition attached to its existing building at the rear northwest corner. The addition will have metal siding matching Brown’s existing siding.

The addition is expected to be used for maintenance of vehicles. The addition would occupy a paved area, so there will not be any increase in stormwater runoff. One shed will be removed and relocated on site, if necessary.

The board will also conduct a public hearing on a previously-proposed addition by Miracle, Ear/Frasier Enterprises, 131 Enterprise Road, Johnstown Industrial Park. The business desires a one-story, ranch-style, 3,318-square-foot building addition at its current location, purely for extra office space. The board may approve a construction permit for the project following the hearing.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at