Approval recommended for dairy co. plans

The long-vacant former Spray Nine building on Route 30A in Johnstown will now house Palatine Dairy after the Planning board approved the move. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Planning Board on Tuesday recommended approval of Palatine Dairy’s project to move into the vacant Spray Nine building on Route 30A in Johnstown.

The building has been vacant since Illinois Tool Works closed Spray Nine in 2010 for economic reasons. Seventy-one jobs were lost in the closure.

A site plan for the project is currently going through the Johnstown City Planning Board.

County Senior Planner Sean Geraghty said Wednesday that the Fulton County Planning Board on Tuesday conducted a state-required review of the project. He said the board recommended approval of the Palatine Dairy project for its potential “positive benefits” in the community.

“That may have some real positive influence not only for the agricultural industry, but the local economy,” Geraghty said.

Palatine Dairy LLC has a cheese business in Nelliston. But the business will keep the Nelliston operation open, while operating a cheese making operation, retail storefront and restaurant at the former 80,000-square-foot Spray Nine building, 251 N. Comrie Ave.

The plan is to double the company’s 10-person workforce within five years. Some of the products that will be made in Johnstown include cheddar cheeses, ice cream and yogurt. Palatine Valley Dairy in Nelliston already manufactures fine cheddar cheeses and cheese curd with a retail store that carries other cheeses, cheese items, gift boxes, jarred goods, bulk foods, Croghan bologna, Amish butter and gift items.

The Johnstown City Planning Board is the lead agency for the state Environmental Quality Review for the project. The board will hold a public hearing on the project for 4 p.m. Feb. 5 at City Hall., after which approval of the project may be granted.

In other business Tuesday at the Fort Johnstown Annex, Geraghty said the county planning board voted to “stay out” of, or remain neutral on, a special permit for a self-storage business along Harrison Street going through the Gloversville City Planning Board.

Darrin Romeyn of DM Romeyn Civil Engineering Design, PLLC requested a special permit for the proposed business on behalf of property owner Beth Potter. Plans call for 26 self storage units to be installed in 4,417 square feet of space in a 9,517 square foot building on Harrison Street owned by Potter. The building abuts a second building on the property that is currently occupied by Fastenal, a fastener supplier located at 164 Harrison St. The building proposed for the self storage business faces an access road that leads back to the former Potter Industries building.

A public hearing for the proposed self storage business will be conducted by the Gloversville Planning Board at 7 p.m. Feb. 5 at City Hall.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at [email protected]

By Josh Bovee

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