Planning board stays neutral on proposal

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Planning Board on Tuesday decided to remain neutral on a Ruby & Quiri project to construct a 16,800-square-foot building to warehouse furniture.

The board opted at the Fort Johnstown Annex to stay out of the project’s application currently going through the Johnstown City Planning Board.

County Senior Planner Sean Geraghty said Ruby & Quiri is proposing to construct a steel-framed warehouse building along the south side of the existing retail home furnishings store, 307 N. Comrie Ave. The new warehouse will be near the Super 8 Motel, 301 N. Comrie Ave.

“It will be wedged right behind the hotel,” Geraghty said. “It will be to store some additional furnishings.”

Access to the new warehouse will be off of Townsend Avenue, Geraghty said. There will be a framed passageway connecting the warehouse building to the retail store, he said.

A site plan for the $700,000 Ruby & Quiri project has already been submitted to the city. Kucel Contractors of Gloversville has been tapped to do the project.

The Johnstown City Planning Board has already declared itself lead agency for the required state Environmental Quality Review.

Company owner Rick Ruby has said that new jobs are associated with the project, but doesn’t have an exact number.

A public hearing on the project site plan is set for 4 p.m. Aug. 6 at Johnstown City Hall. The Johnstown City Planning Board may take action following the hearing.

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