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Apartments proposed at old factory

Johnstown officials review developer’s plans

September 5, 2012
By MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - A Peck's Lake resident presented plans to the city Tuesday to renovate a four-story former glove factory building on South Market Street into eight loft-style apartments.

Jean L. Cote, accompanied by Guilderland architect Fred Franko, presented the project to the city Planning Board. The board reviewed the project and scheduled a public hearing for 4 p.m. Oct. 2 at City Hall.

Cote wants to renovate a portion of the existing, abandoned former Conroy Glove building at 110 S. Market St.

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A developer is proposing to turn an old glove factory into an apartment building at 110 S. Market St. in Johnstown.
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"I think it's a wonderful use of the property," Franko said. "It's nice to see it happen."

The project has to come before the city Planning Board because it involves a change of use in an existing zone. The existing zoning of the property is C-1 commercial. A change of use to an apartment building for selected building areas was requested. This use is permitted by the city zoning ordinance with a site-plan review and Planning Board approval.

According to plans presented Tuesday, the building property consists of two wings - a four-story brick, masonry, historical-style structure with a gabled roof and a connected two-story warehouse.

The project would include seven apartments in the historical structure and one in the two-story structure. The first, second and fourth floors would consist of two units per floor. The third-floor apartment would include the entire floor. The apartment proposed in the two-story building would use both floors in the south end of the two-story building. About 16 to 18 parking spaces are available.

Franko said there would be "no real site changes," and the majority of significant construction work would consist of interior renovations.

Exceptions would be an elevator-egress stair tower that would be constructed at the north side of the original building and replacement of the roof dormers. Additional exterior cleaning, maintenance and repairs would be completed, and windows would be replaced with energy-efficient, aluminum-framed units.

Board Chairman Peter K. Smith called the reuse of the old factory building a "very interesting project."

Franko said site work generally would be limited to minor changes to the existing asphalt parking areas, with new dedicated pedestrian access and handicapped-accessible parking. No signs or changes to site grading and drainage are proposed.

Smith expressed concerns about lighting.

"Generally, lighting in a residential neighborhood can be somewhat of a distraction," Smith said.

Franko said there probably would be "low cutoff" lighting that would not shine into adjacent properties but provide enough illumination for security.

He said the developer eventually will apply for a building permit. He said Cote is "eager to proceed as soon as possible."

"It's a nice, old historical building and it's been there a long time, and we would like to keep it the same," Franko said.

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