County studies plan for downtowns

JOHNSTOWN The Fulton County Planning Department will give county legislators more information next month about the county possibly developing a downtown revitalization plan for the Glove Cities.

Planning Director James Mraz spoke about downtown revitalization at the Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development and Environment Committee meeting Tuesday at the County Office Building.

He said the state operates a grant program in which the county could apply to obtain grant funds to hire professional consultants to prepare downtown revitalization plans. He said the local share would be 10 percent, but it could be offset through in-kind services provided by his department.

“We could do it and not cost the cities of Fulton County anything,” Mraz said.

The committee reached a consensus that the county should look into such a plan to improve the downtowns of the cities of Gloversville and Johnstown.