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Wellness center gets Planning Board approval

GLOVERSVILLE — The former Fulton County Probation building will soon be converted into a wellness center following approval this week from the Planning Board.

The Planning Board on Tuesday approved a site plan application for Purple Glass Healing Arts LLC, a wellness center proposed by city resident Patti Noble at the former probation building at 62 E. Fulton St.

Noble was the sole bidder for the building when it was put up for sale by auction earlier this year by the county following the March 2019 relocation of the Probation Department to the County Annex building located across the street at 57 E. Fulton St. Noble’s $78,751 bid was approved and the sale authorized by the Fulton County Board of Supervisors in March.

Noble appeared briefly before the Planning Board on Tuesday to present the site plan application for her proposed business that would convert the existing building into a wellness center offering a “multitude” of services provided by licensed and certified practitioners and would include a small retail shop.

Once open Purple Glass Healing Arts would offer “integrative wellness and personal growth services and events … creating a synergistic wellness center with private, affordable, long- and short-term office, practice and teaching space rentals.”

Prospective offerings would include acupuncture, Ayurvedic medicine, energy medicine, guided meditation, health coaching, herbal medicine, homeopathy, hypnosis, life coaching, massage, nutrition, reflexology, Reiki, Rolfing a form of physical manipulation and yoga therapy, as well as classes and workshops.

Consultant to the Fulton County Planning Department Sean Geraghty noted that a scale internal floor plan shows minimal changes to the interior of the existing space that would undergo renovation before the business opened.

“It doesn’t seem like much is changing on the inside, it seems like it’s staying with the layout that was there before,” said Geraghty.

Exterior plans show little if any modifications which given the property’s location in the historic district buffer zone will be subject to approval by the Historic Preservation Review Board.

The property includes 15 on-site parking spaces which Building Inspector David Fox indicated would more than support the intended building use.

Based on the plans to reuse and rehabilitate the existing building, the Planning Board approved a motion classifying the project as a Type II action under State Environmental Quality Review, meaning the project will not cause any significant environmental impact and will not require further review.

With all of the needed documentation in-hand and no outstanding questions or requests from the members, the Planning Board on Tuesday unanimously approved a motion to waive a public hearing on the project as authorized due to the property’s location in the form-based overlay district and to approve the site plan application as submitted.

A timeline for opening Purple Glass Healing Arts has not been set yet due in part to coronavirus related concerns and restrictions, but Noble has expressed hopes of opening the wellness center as soon as possible.

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