August 27, 2008
2nd Tim Hortons planned for C’ville
CORTLANDVILLE — A Canadian-based coffee and doughnut chain restaurant is proposing a second area store in Cortlandville.
TDK Engineering Associates is planning a Tim Hortons restaurant next to the Dunkin Donuts on Route 281. The first area Tim Hortons opened Aug. 13 on Clinton Avenue in Cortland.
The engineering firm was scheduled to present a sketch plan of the second restaurant at Tuesday night’s town Planning Board meeting, but it requested more time to prepare further information for the board.
The proposed site would be a 1.6-acre lot with a 1,630-square-foot building, including a drive-thru, according to the submitted sketch. The building would have approximately 30 seats and a 32-space parking lot, a lot like the Tim Hortons in Cortland.
The proposal for the second restaurant is preliminary and the town Planning Board is scheduled to discuss the proposal at its Sept. 30 meeting.
The Tim Hortons chain was founded in 1964 in Hamilton, Ontario. As of March 30, Tim Hortons had 3,238 restaurants, including 2,839 in Canada and 399 in the United States, according to the company’s Web site.
Two homes were demolished for the 2,300-square-foot Clinton Avenue restaurant. The building seats 36 people and was required to have 39 parking spaces, but received a variance for 30 spaces.
The drive-thru lane is big enough to accommodate 11 vehicles, two fewer than the Cortlandville proposal suggests.
Opposition from neighbors of the Clinton Avenue restaurant was apparent during a public hearing in the city.
Concerns such as traffic, the drive-thru lane, proximity to residential properties, and lighting were all issues brought up to the city Planning Commission during the three-month review of the restaurant.
While some of the concerns were addressed before approval and many neighbors are accepting the location of Tim Hortons, some issues with traffic still exist.
Restaurant and city officials are trying to work with residents to resolve the problems.
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