Board schedules public hearing for proposed Burger King

GLOVERSVILLE – The city Planning Board unanimously decided to schedule a special meeting to conduct a public hearing about the proposed Burger King restaurant.

The hearing will be held at City Hall on Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. The board could approve the site plan for the proposed restaurant on?South Kingsboro Avenue after the public hearing.

The initial plan for the proposed restaurant changed 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 board he and Carrols Corp. – the company that is looking to build the restaurant – met with DOT about the issue.

In a letter dated Sept. 26 to the applicant’s engineer, Gary Rouse, DOT has given its approval to Carrol’s revised site plan layout, meeting documents stated.

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.

The original proposal presented to the Planning Board had 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 plan to eliminate the one-way entrance. Instead, there would be a full-access entry at the Hales Mills Road entry point, creating two two-way entrances to the site.

The restaurant also would be repositioned so the drive-thru is on the south side of the property along Route 30A, according to the revised plans.

The revised proposal also would change the detention pond for the stormwater management plan; it would empty into the city’s stormwater system on South Kingsboro Avenue, rather than the state’s system on Route 30A.

Despite the changes, there were some concerns.

Board member John Castiglione questioned how making the Hales Mills Road access point an entrance and exit would effect the resident who has a driveway on that roadway.

“You have people coming in and going out that street and I’m not comfortable with that for the sake of the people that live in that corner house because of how much congestion they will have to deal with to get in and out of their driveway,” Castiglione said.

Jones said having the alternate entrance near Hill Street gives drivers a choice of entry and will divide traffic.

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

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

Jones said Hill Street would become a four-way intersection with?South Kingsboro Avenue, with a new portion of road being constructed in the wooded area across from Hill Street.

Castiglione also had a concern about the planned road leading to Hill Street not leaving enough room for the homeowners to market their properties for development because the space is limited on the side closest to South Kingsboro Avenue.

Jones said the if a developer wants more than what a homeowner has, it will have to work with the other parcel owners to acquire more land. He said in the event a developer wants a site enough, the developer would pay to redesign the road if it could acquire the additional land.

Jones also said he would grant curb cuts on the back side of those properties to the homeowners or developers if they wished to have them.

Fulton?County Senior Planner Sean Geraghty questioned the development of the secondary lot owned by Burger King deemed for “future development” because as the plans stand, that lot will not be able to be used by another developer until the proposed access road that would run parallel to Route 30A is constructed because it doesn’t have access to a city street.

The city is looking to build a new access road running parallel to the arterial from South Kingsboro to Steele Avenue. The city previously submitted a “break-in access” study to the DOT and is still waiting for its approval.

Jones said the developer would build the street needed to have more development.

“That developer [would] build that piece of street the same way Burger King [would build] the piece of street they need to get access to theirs,” Jones said. “Each one of these developers as we work our way down Route 30A will contribute to this project.”

Carrols previously 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.

Carrols Corp. representatives said if all things go according to plan, they are hopeful they will be able to break ground for the new project later this month.