Projects ongoing in city

JOHNSTOWN – The Fage USA expansion and T.J. Maxx construction project are keeping city code enforcement and public safety officials busy with monitoring the projects.

First Ward Councilwoman Cindy Lakata gave a city Fire Department report to the Common Council recently.

She said code enforcement personnel are busy inspecting the expansion of Fage USA at the Johnstown Industrial Park and the T.J. Maxx department store construction at the Johnstown Shopping Center.

Mayor Sarah Slingerland called the ongoing Fage work a “very, very large project” – one of the biggest in the Capital Region.

She said the city Fire Department, Police Department and Department of Public Works are busy monitoring both construction projects.

“It involves a lot of work,” Slingerland said. “This is a complete city involvement, very labor intensive.”

The expansion at Fage USA at 1 Opportunity Drive may conclude next year.

The work involves building milk-receiving areas with two bays and a new road around the building; adding laboratory and research areas inside the existing building; and putting up a 180,000-square-foot addition at the plant.

Pennsylvania-based Johnstown Comrie Associates is building a 23,400-square-foot, single-story, steel-frame T.J. Maxx store next to Romana’s restaurant on the north end of the shopping center off Route 30A.

The store is expected to be open by Christmas.

In other city business, Lakata said the city issued 69 building permits in August with an estimated construction cost of about $800,000 for the projects.

The numbers are up from 52 projects worth about $235,000 in August 2012.

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