Fulton County building renovations transition into second phase

Work associated with the ongoing Fulton County Office Building renovation project, seen Thursday, has shifted toward the second phase on the North William Street side in Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Office Building renovation project in downtown Johnstown is slowly transitioning into its second phase of work, which eventually shifts from West Main Street to North William Street.

The project is currently on both streets, as contractors work on various tasks.

Fulton County Planning Director Scott Henze said Thursday that the project is ongoing — “likely till the end of the construction season.”

“It’s on schedule,” said Henze.

He said the project — begun May 14 — has suffered a few “slow” periods and “hiccups” this summer.

Some of the Fulton County Office Building renovation project is seen Thursday from the front of the building on West Main Street in Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

Despite several rainy periods, the project was able to pour concrete in late July for the front stairs, new handicap-accessible entrance and ramp off West Main Street. Fulton County’s 2017 capital budget includes a $500,000 project for the County Office Building. The county received a $450,000 State and Municipal Facilities Program Grant.

R&B Construction LLC of Amsterdam is doing the main construction work.

First phase work has included construction of the new entrance from West Main Street and replacing nearby sidewalks.

Slowly, as the work on the West Main Street side winds down, crews are also shifting toward the North William Street side of the adjoined County Office Building/historic County Courthouse complex. New sidewalk will also be installed on that side, limestone work is planned, as well as a new handicapped ramp for the Fulton County Family Court side.

Part of the rest of the project will include a construction of a new historical trail with historical markers in space adjacent to the courthouse.

Henze said that area has already been “boxed out” – a small, four-foot wide brick-color area that is in a horseshoe pattern that will include six historical markers.

He said the trail will extend from the front grass area of the courthouse, behind maple trees, and back out onto the sidewalk.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.