BALLSTON SPA – Ballston Lake Pottery, owned and operated by Jim Sankowski since 1975, got the green light from the Town of Ballston Planning Board to move forward with the demolition of its existing building to build a new showroom at the board’s regular agenda meeting Wednesday, Jan. 21.
Sankowski, a Ballston Lake resident, has operated his studio and retail space in Ballston for the last 39 years. As his business has changed over time, he says he’s emphasized more of his retail space and now needs a larger retail area.
“The major thing is my building is deteriorating. It wasn’t designed as a business location, it’s more of a garage that’s been added on [the property,]” Sankowski told the board. “So what I’m trying to do is build something nice and new right on that same spot that will be pretty much in the same footprint and that will be set back a little more from the road.”
In Sankowski’s site plan review for his property, located at 906 Route 50, he maintains the same square footage and will simply demolish the existing building and replace it with a more modern structure.
Once completed, the new space will feature a new showroom and work area. Sankowski will also replace his kiln with one that’s state-of-the-art.
The board voted unanimously to approve Sankowski’s site plan review and will serve as lead agency for the State Environmental Quality Review needed for the project.
The Free Spirit Fellowship Church, located at 1425 Route 67, also had a site plan review up for the board’s consideration last night. In the plan, the church has requested a 6950-square-foot addition to its existing building to expand the needs of its current membership.
Representatives from the church at the board’s meeting said the addition will help mitigate space for its congregation. Of the 180 seats available during service, 90 are currently being filled. The church hopes to add additional bathrooms and provide more space for the multi-use room.
The board approved Free Spirit Fellowship’s site plan contingent upon engineering review as well as the exterior of the new addition matching aesthetically to the current building.