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Craft store’s creation eyed by board

December 19, 2012
MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - A couple is planning to open a new 2,400-square-foot store on Route 30 in Perth that would sell gifts and crafts.

Fulton County Senior Planner Sean Geraghty showed plans for the store to the county Planning Board Monday at the Fort Johnstown Annex.

"It's essentially going to be a craft shop," Geraghty said.

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Fulton County Senior Planner Sean Geraghty shows plans for a new store to the county
Planning Board on Tuesday at the Fort
Johnstown Annex.

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The Leader-Herald

The board remained neutral on the project, which is going through the Perth Town Planning Board. The action means county planners are leaving it up local planners. The county had to review the project under state General Municipal Law because it's close to a state highway.

Geraghty said Terry and Barbara Bieniek own a 55-acre parcel along the west side of Route 30 in Perth. In a relatively "small project," he said the couple wants to construct a retail store on the property for agricultural-type gifts and crafts. Geraghty said the new building would be about 2,400 square feet in size.

A former, closed greenery at the site already has been demolished to make way for the new project, Geraghty said. The store would be 30 feet off the right of way and have 12 parking spaces. He said the driveway would be off the northern part of the property.

Geraghty said Terry Bieniek plans to design the lighting for his own project.

In other business, Geraghty announced the volunteer Planning Board will have three vacancies to start the year that have to be filled. Leaving the board will be Chairman Paul Ruzicka, Michael Stewart and John Licciardo, he said.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at



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