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Patriot Bank move OK’d by Planning Board

May 4, 2010
By MICHAEL ANICH, The Leader-Herald

JOHNSTOWN - The Fulton County Planning Board has approved a site plan for a new Patriot Federal Bank proposed along Route 30A in the city.

The board took action last week after county Senior Planner Sean Geraghty's report about the Canajoharie-based company's plan.

The bank wants to close its Route 30A Patriot branch near the Johnstown Mall and open a new, smaller building up the highway across from the Holiday Inn.

The new branch would be about 2,200 square feet and have two drive-thru lanes, Geraghty said.

"The one thing you might want to look at is the traffic patterns," Geraghty said.

He also said the project might have "some drainage" considerations.

"I don't see it as a regional issue," board member Michael Stewart said.

Board Vice Chairman John Blackmon said Route 30A goes from 55 mph to 45 mph for motorists headed south past the Holiday Inn.

Geraghty said the state Department of Transportation will issue a separate permit for the project.

The board also tackled other issues:

The board remained neutral, seeing no regional effect, for a use variance through the Johnstown Town Zoning Board of Appeals. The variance is for a mining permit along County Highway 122 behind Ferndale Cemetery.

Geraghty said E.J. Simek General Contractors wants to mine sand and gravel from property owned by Aarcon Concrete Corp. along County Highway 122. The property is currently used to stockpile materials for a mining operation on cemetery property.

Board member Ryan Fagan said the area in question is a land-locked parcel with an existing easement.

"This has always been a stockpiling area," he said.

The board remained neutral on a Johnstown Town ZBA use-variance application to re-establish a non-conforming business parcel vacant for more than a year. Burton Wilson wants to reopen a business in the former NAPA Auto Parts store on Oakland Avenue, Geraghty said.

"The gentleman would like to sell furnaces out of there," he said.

Geraghty said the building lost its non-conforming status in November, and any new usage - in the R-2 Residence District - must conform to zoning regulation.

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



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