Significant project hinted at

CRG alludes to project for 2nd time

JOHNSTOWN — For the second consecutive month, the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth alluded to a possible significant project coming to Gloversville’s Crossroads Industrial Park on Route 29.

CRG President and CEO Ronald Peters in August mentioned to county supervisors he had been working for months with a company involving a project there.

He has spoken to county supervisors in closed-door executive sessions about the project, but has not released public details.

Peters reported last week to the Fulton County Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development and Environment Committee that the CRG may be making an announcement in 30 to 45 days.

“It’s looking very good,” Peters said.

Also in his monthly report to the committee, Peters said the CRG is still in a “holding pattern” in assisting Johnstown’s Pioneer Window Manufacturing Corp. with its 120,000-square-foot expansion until it hears from the state on a Consolidated Funding Application.

The CFA seeks $2.2 million for the project.

Peters reported on a $40 billion Chinese development group the CRG met from a Select USA Investment event that canceled its meeting in this area with the CRG due to what he said were “issues” associated with tariffs between China and the U.S. He said that instead, he met with the group of Chinese nationals in their Chinese office in New York City and gave a presentation on opportunities in Fulton County and what it offers.

“It was a good meeting,” Peters said. “They’re interested.”

He said he also gave a presentation to an Albany brokerage house about opportunities in Fulton County. He said he stressed the Tryon Technology Park in Perth and the county’s other primary development areas.

Peters said the CRG’s Microenterprise Grant Program funded the new Second Wind Coffee establishment on West Main Street in Johnstown.

“It’s going to be a nice project for downtown,” he said.

Peters said Townsend Leather’s expansion project into another building at North Perry and Grove streets in Johnstown is “months ahead” in progress. He said it is possible part of the building may be in use this fall.

“They are so far ahead of the timetable,” he said.

He also reported he is hoping to have a “rough cost” from National Grid — maybe within a month — to solve a natural gas line issue at the Johnstown Industrial Park. The problem was one of the reasons Century Linen & Uniform pulled out of a project there.

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

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