February 29, 2012


C’ville OKs plans for new retail center

Nearly 10,000-square-foot building on Route 13 expected to be open by summer

Staff Reporter

CORTLANDVILLE — The Planning Board approved plans Tuesday for a 9,760-square-foot retail center on the south corner of Lime Hollow Road and Route 13 in South Cortland.
Project developer Dave Yaman said the center will be an asset in Cortlandville’s growing retail industry.
“I think that South Cortland is a very solid retail area and it is developing very nicely,” Yaman said.
The site is part of the one-time Smith Corona typewriter factory complex.
Aspen Dental will be one of the tenants to move into the proposed retail space, which is located at 859 State Route 13 and there is room for three more tenants in the building.
Yaman has been marketing the project as the Cortland Commerce Retail Center. He said he has been talking with possible tenants for the building but he said those tenants were waiting for the final plans to be approved.
He said he made few small cosmetic changes to the building at the planning board’s request.
“It’s going to be an asset,” Yaman said.
In addition, McDonald’s is planning to move down the road into a 3,900-square-foot building next to the proposed retail center. McDonald’s will sell its location at 877 State Route 13 when it moves into its new site next to the retail center, according to previous reports.
Yaman plans to begin construction of the new building in the spring. He said the new retail center could be open by the summer.
Yaman will still need to obtain an aquifer protection permit from the town before he can begin development.
In other business, the planning board forwarded a proposed 20-by-26-foot building for Pall Trinity Micro Corp. to the County Planning Board for review.
The building would be located on west end of the company’s facility on Route 281 and would be used for the storage and processing of chemicals.
The board also denied a permit for a seasonal retail flower business, the Flower Tent.
The applicant, Mike Griffen, was looking to rent space for the business in the Cort-Lanes parking lot on Route 13. He would have opened a tent to sell flowers from March 29 through April 8 and May 3 through June 15.
The Planning Board voted unanimously against giving him the permit for the project, saying he would need to file for another permit to be a transient business.
The Flower Tent is a seasonal retail flower business with nearly 80 locations on the East Coast.
The cost of that application would be $400 and then $100 for every day the business is in operation since it would be located within 500 feet of another business, Aldi supermarket, that sells flowers and flower beds.
A temporary business is also only allowed to operate for a total of five days within one year
Griffen left the meeting saying it would be hard for him to bring the seasonal flower business to Cortlandville under those terms.


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