New BK gets officials’ OK

GLOVERSVILLE – The Common Council and Planning Board both unanimously approved the plans for a new Burger King restaurant on South Kingsboro Avenue and the city street that will connect to Hill Street on Tuesday.

Carrols Corp., the company building the restaurant, will construct the 2,763-square-foot Burger King on property now owned by Foothills United Methodist Church. Carrols will demolish a house to make room for the restaurant.

While the council’s public hearing was silent, Ward 2 Supervisor Frank Lauria Jr. spoke during the Planning Board meeting and had a few questions.

His first area of concern was regarding the garbage created by restaurants and how the dumpsters would be maintained to prevent the waste from being blown on to neighbors’ lawns.

“[The garbage] just gets all over neighbors yards and it’s not fair to them,” Lauria said.

Vice President of Real Estate-Property Management for Carrols, Richard Cross said each of the Burger King dumpsters are enclosed in a structure with doors that prevent the trash from being blown away. He also said the dumpsters will regularly be dumped two to three times a week.

“We do not tolerate trash in the parking lot or trash blowing around,” Cross said. “Every piece of paper has our name on it, it’s branded, the last thing I need is for branded paper to be in someone’s yard. That doesn’t look good.”

Hill Street will 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. Carrols will be responsible for constructing the road, leading from the restaurant’s property to Hill Street.

Lauria said he was concerned with the privacy of some of the homes along South Kingsboro Avenue that will have a city street on the front and back of their properties.

DPW Director Kevin Jones told Lauria that Burger King has agreed to buy 50 blue spruce trees that will be planted to serve as a screen between the new road and the property owners’ yards.

Lauria’s other concern was how the signal would operate because it could potentially cause congested traffic on the street preventing neighbors from getting in and out of their driveway.

Jones said most of the signals around the city are set on a timer basis, but this one will actually be able to sense when people are waiting on Hill Street or South Kingsboro Avenue.

He said initially the bulk of the traffic will continue to travel down Kingsboro, so when the signal is first placed it may be a flashing yellow light until traffic reaches a point that it needs to be a full signal.

“We won’t change the signal down there until the traffic warrants it,” Jones said.

Carrols previously said it would close one of its other local Burger King restaurants, which are located in the city and town of Johnstown. 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.