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Work on Eagle’s project set for takeoff

Construction of dealership can begin in city, town

September 6, 2012
By MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - Eagle Chevrolet Cadillac's plan to construct a new 26,122-square-foot dealership at state routes 30A and 67 has the green light to proceed, receiving its final approval Tuesday at City Hall.

The city and the town of Johnstown have worked together on the $3 million project. Town officials recently approved the site plan.

The city Planning Board on Tuesday gave its final approval to the plan - consistent with town approvals - at City Hall. The Fulton County Planning Board on June 19 approved the Eagle site plan.

"We have been dealing with site plan approval for changes to Eagle Chevrolet," noted Planning Board Chairman Peter K. Smith.

The project will include the new car dealership building with paved driveway, parking lots for car displays, a customer lounge for the vehicle maintenance department, a sales showroom and administrative offices.

The vast majority of the project is in the town and the city has been taking its cues from the town, which was lead agency for the state Environmental Quality Review process. But Smith noted the town recently signed off on the project.

"The town has given its approval," Smith said.

City Engineer Chandra Cotter told the board a stormwater plan was approved and the state Department of Environmental Conservation is satisfied.

"According to us, they're all set to go," added Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Kollar.

Eagle owner James Provenzano said Wednesday of all the final approvals: "It looks like we're doing pretty good."

He said Eagle has been dropping off some excavators and other equipment to do site work. The bulk of the construction work will start up next spring, he said, and the project should be completed this time in 2013.

"Everybody has helped," Provenzano said. "Everybody's been very supportive."

He credited people like Mayor Sarah Slingerland, Fulton County Planning Director James Mraz, Fulton County Center for Regional Growth President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Reese and organizations such as the new bi-county chamber of commerce

Planning Board member Lori Salamack said the new Eagle dealership, whose new parking lot will mostly be in the city, represented a "very exciting" application for the city to consider.

"I'm appreciative of the investment the business is making in the community," Salamack said.

Eagle's existing building, at 108 S. Comrie Ave., lies only in the city, but Eagle is constructing the new dealership on adjacent land that lies mostly in the town. When discussions about possible annexation fell through, the municipalities reached a property-tax revenue-sharing agreement. The new building will straddle the town-city border, with 89 percent of the project sitting on a now-vacant lot in the town.

Under the intermunicipal agreement, the city will allow the company to access municipal water and sewer lines in exchange for collecting the sales-tax revenue from the dealership's parts and service business. The town and city will share property-tax revenue on the new building, with the town taking 89 percent and the city 11 percent.

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



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