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Review of proposed urgent care facility in Gloversville continues

Caryn Mlodzianowski of Bohler Engineering presents a site plan to the Gloversville Planning Board on Tuesday for the proposed construction of a new urgent care center on South Kingsboro Avenue Extension on an undeveloped lot on the roundabout in front of Walmart. (The Leader-Herald/Ashley Onyon)

GLOVERSVILLE — The Planning Board on Tuesday reviewed a site plan application for the proposed construction of a new urgent care center on South Kingsboro Avenue Extension on an undeveloped lot located on the roundabout in front of Walmart.

The Planning Board previously reviewed a concept plan for the project in November and signaled to developers that the proposal was appropriate for the site. Caryn Mlodzianowski of Bohler Engineering presented the formal site plan for the project on Tuesday accompanied by Shannon Older and John Roche of The Dartmouth Company representing developer Patrick Alan LLC.

The urgent care center would be an approximately 3,531 square foot single story building on a lot that is just under an acre, at 42,000 square feet. The small lot located on the circle in front of Walmart does not conform with city zoning standards. It was created when the First Choice Financial Federal Credit Union property was physically divided during construction of road improvements to support the department store.

The property is zoned manufacturing, and under city zoning regulations human health care uses that do not involve overnight patient care are allowed subject to site plan review.

Proposed hours for the urgent care facility would be seven days a week, likely from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Each shift at the center would be staffed with roughly six to eight employees. The site would feature a parking lot with approximately 30 spaces accessible through a single 30-foot wide driveway located on South Kingsboro Avenue via an existing curb cut.

The site plan includes two stormwater retention ponds to collect runoff from the parking lot and from the hill along South Kingsboro Avenue and the roof of the building respectively. Consultant to the Fulton County Planning Department Sean Geraghty requested that calculations showing stormwater discharge rates before and after development be submitted in the future, as well as proposed screening measures for the detention ponds.

Geraghty and the board additionally requested that future submissions include sign dimensions, specifications for all exterior lighting and a dumpster enclosure, elevation drawings for the facility and the location of a Knox Box emergency building access system.

With no further questions or details requested on the project, the Planning Board approved a motion declaring itself lead agency to undertake State Environmental Quality Review and classifying the project as a Type I unlisted action requiring preparation of an environmental impact statement. Planning Board Vice Chair Geoffrey Peck, an employee of Nathan Littauer Hospital, abstained from the vote.

Geraghty noted that he would submit details of the project proposal to the state Department of Environmental Conservation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the state Department of Health and the state Department of Transportation for coordinated review. Comments from each of the interested agencies will need to be returned by Feb. 3.

The board additionally approved a motion scheduling a public hearing on the site plan application for the proposed urgent care center on South Kingsboro Avenue Extension during the next meeting on Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

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