September 3, 2009
C’ville sets hearing for KFC expansion
Town will hold public hearing Sept. 16 for new restaurant on Route 281 near 281 Bowl
CORTLANDVILLE — The Town Board on Wednesday set a public hearing for Sept. 16 for an aquifer protection permit that would allow a new KFC restaurant to be built on Route 281.
The project received a recommendation of approval from the Cortland County Planning Board on Aug. 25.
The restaurant will be built on 1.5 acres between 281 Bowl and the Cortland Chrysler Dodge Jeep dealership. It will be twice the size of the current restaurant on Groton Avenue, said Bill Cleary, the property owner and developer.
He said it would employ about 10 more people than the current KFC.
The permit was submitted by M.V. Weiss and Associates, the architect. The franchise owner is Mike Treadwell Enterprises based in Springfield, Mo.
A cost estimate for the project was not available. Cleary said construction would begin about Oct. 1, with the restaurant finished in January.
The county Planning Board has recommended approval of an aquifer protection permit for Empire Tractor on Route 13 to construct a new building on 69 acres of land the business purchased near Webb Road on Route 13.
The board referred another permit application to the county and town planning boards, for Shipwreck Golf and Cones to build an enclosure over its Route 13 miniature golf course and ice cream business.
Town Supervisor Dick Tupper said the enclosure, with walls and a roof, would measure 54 feet by 200 feet.
In other business, the Town Board applied for a $300,000 grant from the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to pay for more work at Ted Testa Park.
Tupper said the money would be used to build a pavilion, replace another pavilion with three roofed picnic areas similar to those at Yaman Park, and to pave walkways from parking lots to the baseball and soccer fields. The walkways currently are covered with crushed stone, which is difficult for people in wheelchairs to navigate.
The town has received $4 million in grants and private donations over the past seven years to develop the park, which is named after Councilman Ted Testa, who spearheaded efforts to create it.
The board received copies of the town’s 2008 financial report, which will be reviewed by the town’s auditor on Sept. 16.
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