Johnstown planning board sets public hearing for storage project

Engineer Darrin Romeyn, standing, goes over plans for a City Line Storage expansion project with the Johnstown City Planning Board Tuesday afternoon at City Hall. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

JOHNSTOWN — The city Planning Board on Tuesday set a public hearing and declared itself lead environmental agency for a planned expansion project at City Line Storage on North Perry Street.

After reviewing plans for a third lot submitted by DMR Civil Engineering PLLC of Gloversville, the board set a public hearing on the project for 4 p.m. Jan. 8 at City Hall.

The board also declared itself lead agency for a required State Environmental Quality Review for the project. Board Chairman Peter K. Smith said the board received a short SEQR form for the project.

Smith told engineer Darrin Romeyn that plans submitted for City Line Storage’s expansion were “very comprehensive.” But he said the site plan must also go next before the Fulton County Planning Board for its review because the project is so close to the boundaries of the cities of Gloversville and Johnstown.

The expansion project at 580 N. Perry St. is being done by Marbeck City Line, LLC.

City LIne Storage in Johnstown, seen recently off North Perry Street, is doing an expansion project. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

“Right now they have three-quarters of the lot developed,” Romeyn said.

The site currently has a hard surface with dirt and stone, but some trees will need to be cleared, he said. Eventually, he said concrete pads will be established, and steel buildings erected for the expansion.

He said business is good for Marbeck City Line, LLC, with local demand high for storage.

“These owners would like to provide additional storage units on the lower lot,” he said.

The project involves development of a section of a parcel consisting of an undeveloped lot.

“There are currently two developed lots on the site that have existing storage units that are to remain, and the owners are now in need of developing the remainder of their existing land for expansion,” states a project narrative submitted to the city by the Romeyn firm.

The City Line Storage parcel totals 2.12 acres and the amount disturbed will be about 25 percent. There are three proposed units that will be erected at the site. Snyder Avenue will be used for access to the site. One new key pad-activated movable gate will be installed, as well as a chain-link fence around the entire perimeter.

“It’s a totally controlled access facility,” Romeyn said.

The engineer said the project involves proposed units that will be arranged so there is a 20-foot unit access between buildings and there will be a 24-foot turning isle on the north and south sides of the units. Bollards will be installed on the corners of all proposed units, so no vehicles collide with the new units/buildings.

Romeyn told the board there will be a “gentle” runoff from the site to drain stormwater.

“The proposed development of Lot 3 will maintain consistent with the materials and appearance of Lots 1 and 2,” the narrative says. “Construction and development of this site will improve the aesthetics of the surrounding parcels and will not disturb homeowners located along the road.”

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