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The Johnstown City Planning Board, seen Tuesday, approves two projects at City Hall. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

The board approved a project by Ruby & Quiri, at 307 N. Comrie Ave. The longtime home furnishings store is constructing a 16,000-square-foot steel-frame building to warehouse furniture.

Board Chairman Peter K. Smith noted the Fulton County Planning Board recently reviewed the project and found no significant environmental impact.

City Clerk Carrie Allen noted no comments came back regarding the state Environmental Quality Review process for the project. The board approved a motion to issue a negative declaration under SEQR, meaning there is no significant impact.

“All of our [approved] applications are good for one year,” Smith told Ruby & Quiri owner Rick Ruby.

He added that if the project isn’t substantially completed within that time, the company would have to file another application.

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.

Kucel Contractor of Gloversville will be doing the $700,000 project. The project on the north side of the Ruby & Quiri parking lot will also reportedly allow better access for fire trucks.

The board also approved NoSo Storage LLC’s project to construct a steel-frame building for storage units at the former Buanno Warehousing, 11 Townsend Ave.

Allen said there was also no comments for NoSo Storage’s project as part of SEQR. The board also issued a negative declaration for that project.

The project on a 6.4-acre site is being done by NoSo Storage LLC, owned by Joshua Loucks. The empty, former Buanno Warehousing facility used to be owned by the city. But the Common Council on March 19 accepted a $125,000 offer from Loucks/NoSo Corp. LLC for the parcel.

Loucks told the planning board he hopes to create single storage units, and work toward repairing some of the back of the deteriorating building. The project will start with one steel-frame building for storage units, but eventually more will be put in.

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Post time: Aug-15-2019