Board neutral on gas-pumps plan

JOHNSTOWN – The Fulton County Planning Board last week remained neutral on a gas pump expansion proposed at a Gloversville convenience store, seeing no regional impact by the project.

County Senior Planner Sean Geraghty said a use variance is being considered by the Gloversville Zoning Board of Appeals. He said James Metz Jr. wants to double the gas pumps at his Sunoco convenience store at 207 W. Fulton St.

Geraghty said the fuel stand is across from McNab Elementary School, and Metz wants to go from one pump on each side to two pumps on each side.

The property is located in an R-1 residential district, and a convenience store with gas pumps is considered a legal non-conforming use. He said an expansion requires the Gloversville ZBA variance.

Board Chairman John Blackmon noted parking is “fairly tight” on the site.

The board also remained neutral on a proposed site plan for a business expansion along Route 30 in the town of Mayfield. The plan is currently going through that town’s Planning Board.

Geraghty said Michael O’Brien wants to construct a 1,020-square-foot addition to his building at 2441 Route 30, which doubles his space. He said O’Brien’s business – H&L Insurance Inc. – is in that building, on the east side of Route 30, across from a Mobil station.

He said the existing building is about 1,300 square feet in size. The addition would be on the back side of the structure. Geraghty said additional parking spaces would be provided as part of the expansion project.

“He needs some extra space,” Geraghty said.

He said O’Brien started his business a year ago and just needs additional office space.

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