GLOVERSVILLE - The city is moving forward with efforts to create an access road off Route 30A in the city to help foster retail development.
Several city officials met informally Friday with property owners along the proposed road and representatives from the state Department of Transportation to figure out the next steps in the process.
"We're trying to do some of the groundwork," Mayor Dayton King said Friday.
Vehicles travel along?Route 30A on Friday near its intersection with South Kingsboro Avenue. Gloversville is looking at creating an access road off Route 30A.
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The access road would run west of Route 30A and parallel to it for about a mile between South Kingsboro Avenue and Steele Avenue. The road would have direct access to South Kingsboro Avenue at one end and Steele Avenue at the other end. It also could connect with Route 30A at the halfway point of the access road.
The city hired the Long Island-based Greenman-Pedersen Inc. Engineering and Construction Services for up to $25,000 to study the feasibility of the access road. The study, which already is under way, will take about three months to complete, said Peter Faith, assistant vice president for GPI out of the firm's Albany office.
The DOT is giving the city suggestions on how to move forward with its efforts. For example, the city will have to look at zoning changes around the access road and show DOT the need for the road, said Sixth Ward Councilman Wrandy Siarkowski, who attended Friday's meeting.
The DOT eventually would have to approve the city's plans before the city could continue to move forward with them, city officials said. King said the Federal Highway Administration would have to give final approval.
City officials "have to get all of our plans written up and presented to them," Siarkowski said.
The city also will start negotiating agreements with the property owners along the access road, officials said.
Siarkowski said the property owners, if they want the access road, would share some of the costs associated with the road and then turn over property to the city, which would maintain the road.
King said the city would pursue state and federal grants to build the access road. He did not know how much the road could cost.
King said the area along the access road could be developed into a central business district that would attract businesses and lead to more local jobs and sales tax revenue.
The efforts to build the road, he said, are in the early stages, and the city plans to schedule more meetings soon.
"Now that we're formulating a plan, getting everybody in the same room is important," he said.
King said it's possible the city could present a formal plan to the FHA by next spring or summer.
"Everything is in the works," Siarkowski said.
Next week, GPI employees will be around Route 30A, Steele Avenue and South Kingsboro Avenue gathering traffic data, Faith said.
As the study continues, he said, his company will work with land owners and the city to identify the development potential along Route 30A. GPI will forecast traffic trends if the area is developed and look at the benefits of connecting the access road to Route 30A.
GPI will give its final report to the DOT and present findings to the city council
"The DOT has been very cooperative with the city and me," Faith said.