Council gives OK to Burger King plan

GLOVERSVILLE – The city council Tuesday approved a proposed new Burger King restaurant’s plans for an entrance on South Kingsboro Avenue.

Burger King changed its plans for entry and exit after state Department of Transportation officials objected to the design, saying it may not meet Route 30A access guidelines.

Department of Public Works Director Kevin Jones told the council he and Carrols Corp. met with DOT about the issue.

The DOT previously warned failure to follow the guidelines in the Break-in Access Report might threaten the “viability of any future break-in access plan on Route 30A.”

The city hopes to build a new access road running parallel to the arterial from South Kingsboro to Steele Avenue.

Jones said officials now have agreed the parcel wasn’t part of the study, so it won’t deter any future approval of the road by DOT. The parcel already has access to South Kingsboro Avenue.

The city previously submitted a “break-in access” study to the DOT and is still waiting for its approval.

“At the conclusion of the first meeting, we walked out of there at least in agreement that if a decision was going to be made about access on South Kingsboro, it wasn’t going to be made in Utica but here by [the council],” Jones said.

The original Burger King plan presented to the city Planning Board proposed a one-way entrance at South Kingsboro Avenue just off Route 30A and two additional two-way entrances.

DOT officials said the South Kingsboro access driveway was unacceptable because it could interfere with traffic flow at the intersection of South Kingsboro and Route 30A.

Burger King changed the plans to no longer have the one-way entrance, and instead have a full-access entry at the Hales Mills Road entry point, creating two two-way entrances to the site.

Also as part of the resolution, Carrols has agreed to give up the long-standing access point to and from the 273 Kingsboro parcel, and in the future, if it is determined the public requires a traffic signal at the Hails Mills Road and South Kingsboro Avenue intersection, Carrols will pay for the installation of the signal.

The council unanimously approved the resolution. However, the final revised site plan still would have to be approved by the city Planning Board.

Jones said the new plans will improve the traffic flow in that area and make plans for the parking lot work better.

“I’m really excited for Carrols Corporation to be flexible in what they need to get that project done,” Mayor Dayton King said. “We have talked about it for a long time, and I think you are going to see a lot more retail development in that area as long as we remain open to business.”

As part of the project, Carrols would be responsible for constructing a city street between the restaurant property and Hill Street, according to meeting documents.

Jones said the agreement also includes Carrols installing a light pole at the Hill Street intersection. The city would install the lights.

He said the Hill Street light would become a four-way intersection with a new portion of the road being constructed in the wooded area across from Hill Street.

Carrols wants to construct the 2,763-square-foot restaurant on property now owned by Foothills United Methodist Church. Carrols would demolish a house to make room for the restaurant.

Carrols said it would close one of its other local Burger King restaurants, which are located in the city of Johnstown on Route 30A and in the town of Johnstown at Fifth Avenue and Route 30A. Carrols has not yet said which restaurant would close.