Ruby & Quiri project moves forward

Ruby & Quiri on Route 30A, seen this morning, will be doing a building project. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

JOHNSTOWN — The city Planning Board on Tuesday declared itself lead environmental review agency for a building project by local home furnishings store Ruby & Quiri.

Ruby & Quiri, located on Route 30A, is looking to construct a 16,000-square-foot metal-frame building to warehouse furniture.

The new warehouse will be constructed to the south of Ruby & Quiri’s main building. The new building will be 120-foot by 140-foot by 30-foot tall. The building would be used for warehouse racking. There will be a breezeway connector from the new building to Ruby & Quiri’s existing warehouse structure, the plan indicates.

The board on Tuesday at City Hall declared itself lead agency for the required state Environmental Quality Review for the project. Board Chairman Peter K. Smith noted a short environmental form was already submitted by the applicant.

Smith also told company owner Rick Ruby and engineer Charles Ackerbauer that the project will have to be referred to the Fulton County Planning Board for review at its July meeting because of its proximity to a state highway.

The board also set a public hearing on the project for 4 p.m. Aug. 6 at City Hall. Smith told the applicants that final action may be taken after the hearing.

Kucel Contractor of Gloversville has been tapped to do the project

A site plan for the $700,000 Ruby & Quiri project has already been submitted to the city. The board on Tuesday reviewed the plan, which indicated the longtime furniture, appliance and floor covering business wants to build a 16,000-square-foot steel-frame building to warehouse some of its furniture.

“We’re expanding our distribution center,” Ruby said. “It’s going to be high rack warehousing.”

Ruby said today that new jobs would be associated with the project, but he did not give an exact number.

Fire Chief Bruce Heberer said that due to the project, the north side of the Ruby & Quiri parking lot will allow better access for fire trucks.

“It works out great for us,” Heberer said.

Ruby said some of the project does lend itself to better fire protection. He said the project will have security lighting, and some small signage.

“All the tractor-trailers will still come in off Townsend Avenue,” Ruby said.

Ruby & Quiri has been a longtime business in Fulton County for many years, and Ruby told the board his company continues to have a good working relationship in Johnstown.

It is a member of three of the largest national buying groups — Nationwide Buying Group, Mega Buying group and Carpet One.

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

By Patricia Older

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