GLENS FALLS — A proposal to renovate the old Look TV building downtown has gotten the green light.
The Planning Board on Tuesday approved the application to renovate the building at the corner of Glen and Park streets.
“We’re really excited to move forward,” said Joe Serrins, one of the co-owners of the building.
Serrins is a New York City-based architect who grew up in Glens Falls.
He and another native, Connecticut-based orthopedic surgeon Dan George, bought the building in December for $475,000.
The renovations will include new stairs and an elevator and improvements to the facade. In addition, the plan includes reconfiguring the parking lot, adding a new building entrance from the Park Street parking lot with a canopy, and installing new windows facing the parking lot on the ground floor. The renovation project is estimated to cost about a half-million dollars.
The plan calls for retail on the first floor, according to Serrins. The second and third floor would be used for office space, or possibly apartments.
The next step is to obtain the building permit. Serrins said he hopes the renovations could take place over the next six to nine months.
“We’re hoping to have the top two floors occupied this summer,” he said.
The building was once home to R.G. Landry. Later, it housed Look TV’s downtown television studio until late 2011, when the property fell into foreclosure.
Planning Board Chairman Daniel Bruno praised the project.
“We’re happy to have you back, more than happy to have the investment. It’s another piece of the puzzle,” he said. “It’s going to fit very nicely downtown with the developments that are going on.”
In other business, the board approved the architectural changes to the building at 28-30 Elm St., which will become the new home of Hank’s Quality Flooring.
Hank Marler said he plans to beautify the outside of the building by adding some color stonework, installing some tempered glass, planting new shrubbery and installing a stoop and canopy.
“I think you’ll be pleased a year from now,” he said.
Also planned are new aluminum doors and new windows to replace the single-pane uninsulated glass windows.
The new location will have twice as much space as the business’ current Upper Glen Street location.The board tabled an application by Argyle Cheese Farmer to move its cheese and yogurt manufacturing operations to space at 7 Pruyn’s Island. It would keep its family farm in Argyle.Planning Board member Peter Ethan Hall said the applicants, Marge and Dave Randles, have been working on a sewer issue to make sure that their operation’s discharge will be accepted by the city’s sewage treatment plant.