Fulton County gets offers for airport building

Three turn in proposals for vacant enterprise property

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County government received three public proposals seeking use of the County Airport’s vacant enterprise building, including an experimental aircraft group.

The county accepted public proposals until Nov. 28 from interested parties wishing to rent the building at the small aviation facility off County Highway 153.

County Administrative Officer Jon Stead said Monday the county received three proposals, and “none were from restaurants.”

Food establishments have typically used the building over the years, but the most recent use was as a message therapy and wellness center.

Stead said the Planning Department is currently reviewing the three proposals that came in. He said a final decision will likely go through the Board of Supervisors’ committee system. No action is expected at the board’s meeting at 1 p.m. Monday at the County Office Building.

“I don’t think there’s anything for Monday’s meeting,” Stead said.

Stead said one of the three proposals came from the Adirondack Chapter 602 of the Experimental Aircraft Association. He said that same group submitted a similar proposal a couple years ago.

Fulton County was notified in August that the last enterprise building tenant — Barbara Moyer — wanted to terminate her lease with the county. She had operated a message therapy and wellness center. Her lease payment — authorized in May 2017 — was $250 per month in 2018, plus a $10 sewer fee.

The county-owned 1,200-square-foot enterprise building lies to the east of the airport’s terminal building along the edge of the runway.

Starting with its original incarnation as the B-29 Cafe, the enterprise building been used as a restaurant and bakery for many years. But county officials in recent years opened it up to other commercial uses.

The unfurnished building includes handicapped-accessible restrooms, dining area, a kitchen and a utility room. The building has separate electrical and gas services. Heat is provided by gas-fired, through-wall heaters and the building is insulated. Public water is provided through a county water district.

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