Development to begin at old factory

JOHNSTOWN – A project to transform a former city glove factory building into apartments is gearing up.

Jean L. Cote of Peck’s Lake is turning the former Joseph P. Conroy Inc. glove factory at 110 S. Market St. into eight loft-style apartments. The city Planning Department approved the project in October. The project doesn’t require a state Environmental Quality Review.

“They’re done with all the preparation work,” city Fire Department Chief Bruce Heberer said Friday. “They’re working on plans with the engineers.”

City officials have said the project involves a historically important building, and the project is consistent with the city’s Comprehensive Plan.

The Conroy building consists of two wings – a four-story brick, masonry, historical-style structure with a gabled roof and a connected two-story warehouse.

The project will include seven apartments in the historical structure and one in the two-story structure. The first, second and fourth floors would consist of two units each. The third-floor apartment would fill the entire floor. The apartments proposed in the two-story building would use both floors in the south end of the two-story building. About 16 to 18 parking spaces are available.

Guilderland architect Fred Franko, who is working on the project, said previously no significant site changes are planned, and the majority of significant construction work will consist of interior renovations.

Exceptions would be an elevator-egress stair tower constructed at the north side of the original building and replacement of the roof dormers. Additional exterior cleaning, maintenance and repairs will be done, and windows would be replaced with energy-efficient, aluminum-framed units.

The last time the building was used as a glove company was a few years ago. Brian J. Conroy of Gloversville, who was the owner at the time, was convicted in December 2009 of embezzling $355,000 from the company’s employee pension and profit-sharing fund. He was released from federal prison in August 2012 after serving one year and one day.

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