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At a Crossroads

Zoning change could spark new development at business park

June 5, 2011
By MIKE ZUMMO , The Leader Herald

GLOVERSVILLE - About a month ago, Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home opened a new pediatric center in the Crossroads Business Park, taking over two suites on the first floor of the office building at 110 Decker Drive.

According to hospital officials, it culminated a four-year search for a new home for pediatrician Dr. Richard Solby, Dr. Shannon Colt and nurse practitioner Danita Curtis.

"Some of this used to be a doctor's office, so it was very easy for us to retrofit it," said Cheryl McGrattan, a spokeswoman for Nathan Littauer Hospital.

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The entrance to the Crossroads Business Park is shown on Decker Drive in Johnstown on Wednesday.

The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan

However, the hospital's move into the Decker Drive building last month is one of the few developments at the business park. Aside from Epimed's facility on Sal Landrio Way, the park's other 20 parcels remain undeveloped.

Michael Reese, president and chief executive officer of the Fulton County Economic Development Corp., which markets the lots in the Fulton County Industrial Development Association-owned park, said there are no leads at the moment for filling the empty spaces.

"It hasn't been as successful as we were in fulfilling the Crossroads Industrial Park," IDA Director James Mraz said. "That is how the city of Gloversville has the area zoned. That's really the key to determining the types of uses that will be allowed there."

There may be some hope down the road.

In February, the Common Council passed a law that changed the zoning in the business park, allowing for anticipated retail and commercial development. The change was recommended by the IDA in anticipation of increased development by a Walmart Supercenter, which could break ground this month.

The zoning change would be for the five lots that border County Highway 128 (South Kingsboro Avenue Extension). Previously, Mraz said while retail was allowed under previous zoning, it had to support those businesses that were already in the park.

Mraz said he believes the proximity to the Walmart Supercenter, which will be on the same street, will make it attractive to potential retailers, which would benefit by being near a Walmart Supercenter.

"There is other land in the area that's in the same category," Mraz said. "All the city has done is position itself to have that type of development go there. The marketplace will determine what goes there."

Reese hopes if those lots bordering South Kingsboro Avenue get more developed, it could make the rest of the park, which still would have 16 parcels needing development.

"Other sites in the park will be close by and would become more popular and hopefully become more developed," he said.

The EDC previously had its offices in the office building, but moved back to the Johnstown Hotel on East Main Street to make room for the pediatrics center. Solby, who sees about 5,000 patients, said the practice had outgrown the previous location on South Perry Street in Johnstown, and staff and patients alike are enjoying the more spacious facility.

"Each and every person who comes in here sticks their head in [my office] door and says, 'Congratulations. You deserve this,'" he said.

Mike Zummo is the business editor. He can be reached at business@leaderherald.com.

 
 

 

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