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By JASON SUBIK
The chief herald
GLOVERSVILLE – The Fulton County Center for Regional Growth to ask Gloversville City Court to waive $ 34,800 in court-ordered costs currently attached to 52 Church Street, the proposed location for the $ 20 million “City of Gloves Lofts” 75 units “Artist accommodation” project.
FCCRG President and CEO Ron Peters said on Friday that his organization would still own the 3-acre property until Kearney Realty Group executes its option to buy it for $ 200,000. Kearney signed a 12-month call option agreement with CRG in May. In the meantime, Peters has said he intends to pursue the removal of fees, which had been incurred by previous owners before CRG took over the property earlier this year.
“We will do it on our side. It’s just another formality, but it will be us [that applies for the fees to be waived], “ Peters said. “There was no transfer to Mr. Kearney.”
Gloversville City Council voted unanimously on September 14 to give the city’s finance commissioner, Tammie Weiterschan, the power to waive $ 8,900 in unpaid fees for city-imposed reductions on the property, which contains the remains of a building recently used as a border call. Center. The same resolution stated that the city would not oppose any request from the owner of 52 Church Street to have the $ 34,800 in court-ordered costs waived on the plot.
Mayor Vince DeSantis argued that it was a good idea to waive property fees to help promote the city’s economic development. He said the building permit for Glove City Lofts alone would earn $ 40,022 in revenue for the city, and that the construction would bring the city significant sales tax revenue and possibly property tax revenue. of the building itself.
Glove City Lofts is also a key project in Gloversville’s 2021 bid to win New York State’s $ 10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant. Gloversville does have a double chance of getting funding through the DRI competition this year, as the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council has two $ 10 million DRI grants to make, or maybe one. large grant of $ 20 million. The Kearney Realty Group has a proven track record of building artist apartment projects in several communities that have won $ 10 million in DRI grants in recent years.
“[Glove City Lofts is] a good project. It will be a game-changer for this part of the city ”, Peters said.
Peters said he hopes Parkview Development & Construction, the development company working for the Kearney Group, will present Kearney’s site plan for the Glove City Lofts project to the Gloversville Planning Council on October 5.
The site plan was originally scheduled to be presented to Planning Council in July, until it was discovered that 52 Church Street had been zoned from commercial to manufacturer in 2015. During that meeting, DeSantis said advising that the city government was already considering a process of rezoning parts of the city as part of its local waterfront revitalization program and the two grants from the United States Environmental Protection Agency he received in 2019: the Brownfield Opportunity Zone Study Grant of $ 225,000 and the Brownfield Assessment Grant of $ 300,000. DeSantis indicated that 52 Church Street would likely be part of this rezoning process.
Fulton County town planner Sean Geraghty, who advises the town’s planning council, said in July he believed it would take until the first week of September for the council to propose changes to the city zoning rules, presents them to the planning council for a recommendation, then hold a public hearing and finally vote on the changes.
But none of this has happened yet.
Peters has acknowledged the property needs to be rezoned, but is confident the city will.
“It’s not going to be a problem for us in the future. It’s just a technical skill to move forward ”, Peters said. “You could say ‘Let’s do it anyway’ and just continue the zoning change process. I don’t see him delaying projects.
Parkview Development & Construction’s site plan review request in July included some details about the proposed $ 20 million project, including that the planned construction time was from April 2022 to December 2023.
To build the apartment building, the old 45,000 square foot call center will be demolished, and then the four story loft-style apartment building would be built at the corner of the land, placing it directly on the road. Frontage and Church Street, redirecting the parking lot towards the back of the parcel. Of the 75 apartments planned, 47 would be one-bedroom apartments and 28 would be two-bedroom apartments.