True Value store plans get nod

The Gloversville Planning Board approved plans for a new True Value store for 21 Bleecker St. by Matt and Tammy Capano who own and operate New York Lunch next door. The exterior of the building for the proposed hardware store is shown in this Dec. 7 photo. (The Leader-Herald/Ashley Onyon)

GLOVERSVILLE — The city Planning Board approved the site plan for the True Value store proposed downtown on Bleecker Street by the owners of the neighboring diner. The owners are targeting April for opening.

Matt and Tammy Capano, who own and operate New York Lunch located at 21 Bleecker St., appeared before the Planning Board on Tuesday to present the final site plan for the True Value hardware store they plan to open this spring at 25 Bleecker St.

The nearly 10,000-square-foot interior space will be renovated with new flooring, heating, lighting, ceilings and shelving. The sales floor will encompass just under 9,000 square feet with the remaining space converted to a backroom.

The Capanos currently own the building the hardware store will occupy and received a $150,000 loan sourced from the city of Gloversville Revolving Loan Fund, the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth Community Development Block Grant Revolving Loan Fund and the Gloversville Economic Development Corp. in October to support the project.

The store will have both front and back entrances with two cash registers located near the front Bleecker Street entrance and one register near the rear parking area off of North Arlington Avenue, with planned hours of operation seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

There will be both front and back entrances with two cash registers located near the front Bleecker Street entrance and one register near the rear parking area off of North Arlington Avenue.

The True Value will carry a wide range of products including tools, hardware and plumbing and electrical fixtures. The store will be managed by the Capanos’ son-in-law, Pete Havens, and will employ 10 to 15 staff members.

The Capanos presented a draft of the site plan to the Planning Board in December and were asked by the board to provide survey information for the property including parking lot dimensions, parking spaces, loading areas and plans for a buffer between the lot and the road.

The board reviewed the updated site plan on Tuesday showing the property currently has 18 parking spaces and two handicap spaces in the rear parking lot, with room for the addition of eight parking spaces in the future.

The site plan also calls for the addition of planters to clearly define and separate the two entrances to the parking lots accessible from North Arlington Avenue and to provide a buffer between the lot and the street as required by city code.

The board also requested an estimated construction schedule for the exterior improvements, which the Capanos said they plan to commence in July after opening the hardware store in April.

“We’re going to work on the outside after,” Tammy Capano said.

Fulton County Senior Planner Sean Geraghty noted that all improvements included on the site plan must be made before the city can issue a certificate of occupancy for the property unless the board negotiated an alternative course of action.

The board members agreed the site plan and estimated construction schedule were sufficient to recommend that a temporary certificate of occupancy be issued on the condition that exterior improvements be completed this summer, allowing the permanent document to be issued at that time.

“We don’t want to keep you from opening when you’re ready to open,” Planning Board Vice Chairman Geoffrey Peck said.

The board previously classified the project as a Type II Action under State Environmental Quality Review in December, meaning the project will not cause any significant environmental impact and will not require further review. The board also determined the project did not require a public hearing under the city’s zoning ordinance.

With the previously requested information returned, the Planning Board granted site plan approval for the proposed True Value hardware store on Bleecker Street on the condition that a temporary certificate of occupancy be issued.

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