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Redemption center plans presented

The Gloversville Planning Board on Tuesday requested additional details regarding an application for a special use permit for the proposed opening of a bottle and can redemption center in a garage located at 70 Bleecker St. behind the former Grandoe Building. The garage is shown Friday. (The Leader-Herald/Ashley Onyon)

GLOVERSVILLE — The city Planning Board on Tuesday requested additional details regarding an application for a special use permit for the proposed opening of a bottle and can redemption center in a garage behind the former Grandoe Building on Bleecker Street.

Brandie Loucks submitted the special use permit application seeking to open a bottle and can redemption center in a 1,320 square foot space in an existing garage at 70 Bleecker St. along the rear right hand side of the former Grandoe Building at 74 Bleecker St. Both buildings are owned by Anthony Ceresia.

Proposed hours for the business are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. According to city Building Inspector David Fox, Loucks plans to operate the business with another individual initially, potentially adding staff members in the future.

“They’re going to start slow and see how it works, make sure they get the participation they’re looking for,” Fox said.

While reviewing the application, consultant to the Fulton County Planning Department Sean Geraghty noted that a planned layout for the property including property lines, building dimensions, access driveways and a delineation of the existing parking lot on the property showing how many spaces would be allocated to the business would be required in a future submission before board approval could be granted.

“We’re going to have to have some more documentation at this level,” Geraghty said. “There’s nothing in the city’s code that calls for engineering drawings or anything like that when you’re reusing a building and really not making any exterior changes or anything like that. But having said that, the board still is going to need something showing the plan for the site.”

Additionally, the Planning Board members requested details on signage and lighting for the site, the location of a Knox Box emergency access system and where items that have been turned in for redemption will be loaded onto vehicles when being collected for eventual processing and recycling off-site.

“We just need a little more detail,” said Planning Board member Peter Semione.

As the proposed business would reuse an existing building that previously served a commercial purpose, the board classified the special use permit application as a Type II Action under State Environmental Quality Review, meaning the building use will not cause any significant environmental impact.

The only action taken by the Planning Board on the special use permit application on Tuesday was the approval of a motion to waive holding a public hearing on the proposal as authorized by city code for properties located in the city’s form-based overlay district.

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