‘Super’ Stewart’s coming to Perth

JOHNSTOWN -The Fulton County Planning Board on Tuesday approved a new “super” Stewart’s convenience store and gas station on Route 30 in the town of Perth that will be bigger and more visible.

There is currently a Stewart’s at the “four corners” Route 30 intersection with County Highway 107. But that store, gas pumps and a former bank building at the site will all be demolished to make way for the new project.

“Overall, I think it will have a positive effect on that corridor,” said board Vice Chairman Timothy Munn.

County Senior Planner Sean Geraghty presented the project – a site plan currently going through the Perth Town Planning Board -for a new Stewart’s convenience store along Route 30. He said it will be a “super” Stewart’s store that the developers are promising.

“It’s an interesting project,” Geraghty stated.

Geraghty said the Stewart’s Shops Corp. currently operates a 2,000-square-foot store with two self-serve gas dispensers on Route 30. He said the property where the existing store is located is about .58 acres in size. He said Stewart’s recently purchased the adjacent property to the north of the site that was previously used by NBT Bank.

Stewart’s intends to demolish its existing store, gas dispensers and the former bank building to construct the new 3,624-square-foot convenience store, which will include four self-service gas dispensers that contain eight pumps, Geraghty said. The combined store and bank property will be 1.1 acres, he said. Stewart’s existing convenience store has 10 parking spaces and it is proposed the new store will have 23 spaces.

Geraghty said the state Department of Transportation told the Stewart’s developers it wants only one access to Route 30 with the new store.

“Stewart’s seemed okay with that and they have rearranged their site,” he said.

Geraghty said the store will also have a new septic system at the northern border of the property, which the state Department of Health is currently reviewing. He said the store is abandoning its previous well.

“They’re going to use the bank well,” Geraghty said.

He said the project will have to meet certain water standards, and the town will conduct a hearing on the project next week.

Geraghty said motorists traveling north on Route 30 from Amsterdam will “look directly into the front of the building.”

“They’re putting sidewalks in,” he added.