Fage proposes water tank

JOHNSTOWN – The city Planning Board recently declared itself lead agency for a state environmental review of Fage USA’s latest site plan application involving a new 300,000-gallon water tank and parking modifications.

Board Chairman Peter K. Smith said the board needed to declare itself lead agency for a planned State Environmental Quality Review application for the latest changes proposed by the yogurt manufacturer.

“They have an amended site plan application for their property at the Johnstown Industrial Park,” Smith said.

City Attorney Susan Palmer Johnson said the board also needs to conduct a public hearing, which was set for June 4 at City Hall.

Smith said the board may take “final action” on the application at that time.

Fage USA is undergoing a major $120 million expansion expected to create 150 jobs on top of its current 240-person workforce. The company wants to double production with a new building and other site changes.

Attending Tuesday’s Planning Board meeting was Nicholas J. Schwartz of Albany, an architect with Clough Harbour & Associates of Albany. He outlined more proposed changes on behalf of Fage.

“There has become a need for an on-site water storage tank,” Schwartz said.

Schwartz said it will have a 45- by 50-square-foot chainlink fence around it.

Schwartz said Fage proposes modification to its site plan to include the 300,000-gallon water storage tank on the west side of Venture Drive. The company also seeks to modify a proposed truck parking area. There are currently 16 to 18 truck spaces at Fage. As a result of this work, Schwartz said there’s a need to modify existing underground utilities.

Schwartz said the work will involve general utilities such as water lines, natural gas and electrical services to Fage.

The original site plan for Fage’s operation was approved by the board in June 2005, but has since been modified several times by Clough Harbour & Associates. Subsequent site approvals by the board were in April 2006, May 2008, May 2009, August 2010. April 2011 and December 2011.

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