JOHNSTOWN - The Fulton County Planning Board recently remained neutral on two projects, seeing no regional impact involving site plan changes to a commercial building and an equipment sales lot.
County Senior Planner Sean Geraghty outlined a site plan amendment going through the Johnstown Town Planning Board for a commercial building along Elmwood Avenue.
He noted that Jeff Lehner is seeking a commercial space change. He had purchased the former Ruby & Quiri building, dividing it into four separate commercial spaces. The first space is 5,063 square feet and is used by Lehner for his NAPA Auto Parts Store. He said there is a 3,000-square-foot space occupied by an Asian restaurant, and there are two smaller 750-square-foot spaces used for professional offices.
Geraghty said Lehner is proposing one of the two smaller spaces be used for a planned deli-sub shop.
"It's pretty tight in there sometimes," he said.
Board Vice Chairman John Blackmon said there isn't a lot of parking for those Elmwood Avenue businesses, noting people park in both directions.
"They're trying to be as helpful as possible without creating a problem in the community," Geraghty said.
He noted Lehner's plans show spots for 22 parking spots, but space will be limited. He said the question in the winter will be "where does the snow go" to be plowed.
The board voted to remain neutral and leave the project to the town.
In another project reviewed by the Mayfield Town Planning Board, CFI Equipment Sales and Rental wants to locate a sales lot on a 2.3-acre lot owned by Vincent and Margaret Perella along the west side of Route 30. Geraghty said the applicants want to use less than one acre of the existing empty gravel parking area to display equipment. He said the applicants also wish to install a 60-square-foot sign and planter on the property advertising the business.
Geraghty said the issue is whether equipment can turn around on the site without having to turn around on Route 30.
The board again remained neutral, referring the plan back to town officials.
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