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Hoffman’s Car Wash gets planning board approval

GLOVERSVILLE — The city Planning Board on Tuesday night approved a project for a new Hoffman Car Wash on South Kingsboro Avenue following a public hearing at City Hall.

Construction may begin later this summer.

Board consultant Sean Geraghty said Wednesday that approval of a subdivision and site plan related to the car wash — on former Travis Diner property — was given to the Hoffman Development Corp.

The firm approached the board last month with its site plan.

“The property is being subdivided,” Geraghty said. “It will be right through the lot.”

He said the diner building won’t be demolished and will be kept intact in case a future developer wants to turn it into a restaurant again.

The Hoffman Car Wash will be located at 342 S. Kingsboro Ave. — between the diner and Dr, Thomas Eagan’s Orthopaedic & Wellness Center at 356 S. Kingsboro Ave.

Geraghty said that with planning board approval, Hoffman Development Corp. can get started on the project whenever it wishes.

“I think they want to get started later this summer,” he said.

The former Travers Diner property was sold to Hoffman’s in a Sept. 10, 2019 auction. It consists of a 4,569-square-foot empty building and surrounding property. The once-popular Travers restaurant site used to sit on 3.5 acres. The minimum bid price for the property was $295,000. Hoffman has declined to say how much it paid for the Travers building and property.

Travers Diner had various problems in 2018, closing and opening several times before it ended up closing for good. The former family-style restaurant with the big menu had been in the crosshairs of rumors about closing several times. The state Department of Health never closed the restaurant, but had cited it following a complaint inspection conducted on July 6, 2018 when the diner’s walk-in cooler was found not working.

Authorities have said former Travers owner Georgios Kakavelos of Ballston Spa allegedly paid James Duffy of Johnstown to either kill or help him kill 22-year-old Allyzibeth A. LaMont while in Johnstown in October 2019. A Saratoga County Court trial has not been scheduled yet for Kakavelos, who was indicted on charges of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, second-degree conspiracy, two counts of concealment of a human corpse and six counts of tampering with physical evidence.

Hoffman officials previously said they felt Fulton County was a great area to expand its “brand.” There is also currently a Hoffman’s Car Wash on Route 30 in Amsterdam. The Gloversville car wash is expected to have at least eight to 12 employees.

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