November 24, 2009


TLC ambulance moving to Route 11 building

Former Grossman’s Lumber site in Cortlandville will provide additional space

Grossman'sBob Ellis/staff photographer
TLC Emergency Services plans to move its local operations into the former Grossman’s building on Route 11 between Cortland and Homer.

Staff Reporter

CORTLANDVILLE — TLC Emergency Medical Services has proposed to move its ambulances, offices and training center to a building at the former site of Grossman’s Lumber on Route 11.
The company has outgrown its current location inside a building at 160 Homer Avenue owned by Cortland Regional Medical Center, said TLC President David Butler. TLC leases 7,500 square feet of space in the building, said Tom Quinn, director of marketing for the hospital.
The company needs more space to operate its training center for emergency medical technicians and more room to store its vehicles, Butler said.
The former Grossman’s Lumber building consists of five connected one-story warehouses that measure 12,600 square feet combined and a 2,560 square foot pole barn, according to Cortland County Real Property Tax Services. The building, which is just north of the Route 11 aqueduct crossing the railroad tracks, has been vacant for almost two years, said Cortland County Planning Department Director Dan Dineen.
“It’ll be a great addition to the community,” Butler said. “It’s going to bring some jobs and it’ll definitely make us more efficient.”
Butler said he expects that the project will create about two jobs.
The company will also renovate the building and make it more energy efficient by installing a radiant heating system that uses pipes in the floor to heat the building, he said.
The company has two wheelchair vehicles used for nonemergency purposes that are being stored outside and could be stored inside the new facility, Butler said. The building would also house eight ambulances.
Butler said he has no schedule for the start of renovations or opening of the building.
The Cortland County Planning Board reviewed TLC’s application for a conditional permit Wednesday and recommended approval to the Cortlandville Town Board, contingent on a few recommendations. The board decided the state Department of Transportation should be contacted about whether special traffic warning signs need to be placed along Route 11 warning motorists that an emergency vehicle could be entering the road at the intersection of Old Route 11.
The board also recommended that TLC submit a landscaping plan for the property and acquire a permit from the DOT and approval from Cortlandville’s highway superintendent if it proposes changes to the driveway entrances on Route 11.
The Cortlandville Planning Board will review the proposal and provide a recommendation to the Town Board, which will vote on whether to approve the project.


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