Business to occupy former church

JOHNSTOWN – The former Immaculate Conception Church on Cayadutta Street is officially becoming a site for airplane upholstery repair.

The city Planning Board of Tuesday at City Hall gave final approval for a change of occupancy to Lake George-based ReadyJet Technical Services Inc. The firm has a local site at 1 Warren St., and it plans to take over the former church building, its church hall and the rectory. The project is expected to create 10 jobs.

“They rehab interiors of aircraft with upholstery and leather,” board Chairman Peter K. Smith said.

The board conducted a public hearing on the project, but no one spoke. The board also waived a state Environmental Quality Review for the project, which wasn’t needed.

Attending was ReadyJet Technical Services Chief Operating Officer Mark Farrington of Mayfield, who said previously his company has been in business since 1996.

His application states ReadyJet Technical Services will conduct upholstery repair at the site. The company, which has more than 400 employees at sites in North America, repairs upholstery covers and upholstered furniture to new condition and returns the items to aviation customers.

He said last month his company was under contract to buy the former church property from the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese. The sale is not yet final. Diocese spokesman Kenneth Goldfarb said in May the diocese was negotiating with ReadyJet to sell the buildings. He said he cannot release the proposed selling price until the sale is final.

The Immaculate Conception Church congregation was founded in 1925. The diocese in 2009 closed that church and St. Anthony’s Church, but kept St. Patrick’s Church as the city’s only Catholic church. St. Patrick’s was renamed Holy Trinity Church.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at