JOHNSTOWN - The city Planning Board on Tuesday approved the site plan for a project to transform the former Conroy Glove factory building on South Market Street into eight loft-style apartments.
Approval at City Hall followed a public hearing in which three people spoke, including two city officials. Also approved was a motion to waive the requirement for a state Environmental Quality Review because the renovation doesn't require it.
Jean L. Cote of Peck's Lake, accompanied by Guilderland architect Fred Franko, presented the project to the board in September. Cote wants to renovate a portion of the existing, abandoned building at 110 S. Market St. into apartments.
Edith Pashley of Johnstown addresses the city Planning Board during a public hearing Tuesday at City Hall. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)
Public speaker Edith Pashley of Johnstown, whose family has owned property in that neighborhood since the 1960s, wanted to know if the building has or currently contains asbestos.
Franko, who was present Tuesday, said developers haven't observed asbestos "in any kind of form" at the building.
Board member Lori Salamack also told Pashley the Planning Board's responsibilities don't include the environmental health matters of a project.
With the site plan approved, the project moves to the city Code Enforcement Office for possible approval of a building permit.
The Conroy 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 will 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.
Also speaking at the hearing were 1st Ward Councilwoman Cindy Lakata and Mayor Sarah Slingerland.
"I think the renovation of that building will be a great asset to the city," Lakata said.
Slingerland also supported the project, stating: "It is the type of housing stock I think the city needs."
Salamack agreed with the support of the project by the city officials. She also finds the project "consistent" with the housing chapter of the city's latest Comprehensive Plan.
"It's an excellent reuse of this historically-important building," Salamack said.
Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.