Byrne Dairy to Present Preliminary Site Plan For Yogurt Plant
The developers of a proposed Byrne Dairy Greek yogurt plant and a farm to table visitor’s center are set to appear before the Cortlandville planning board tonight to begin the site plan review process.
Back in October Byrne Dairy announced plans to purchase the 127-Acre Finger Lakes East Business and Technology Park on Route 13 in Cortlandville. The company has a multi-phase plan to develop the site, the first phase calls for the construction of a 35 thousand square foot yogurt manufacturing plant with a visitors and education center complete with live dairy cattle and working farm.
Byrne Dairy has agreed to pay the county $100 thousand dollars to acquire the purchase rights for the business park, with a final purchase price of $1.1 million dollars, the park cost $4.5 million to build.
Byrne Dairy’s initial phase will cost $18 to $22 million dollars and will create 75 jobs. Three years later the company hopes to begin phase two which involves an expansion of the yogurt plant and the construction of refrigerated warehouse space. The third and future phases would involve the development of a cheese manufacturing facility and other related products. At full build out the Byrne Dairy project could result in the creation of 300 jobs.
The yogurt plant will convert as much as 10 million gallons of milk a year into greek yogurt. The project and the final purchase of the property is contingent on the receipt of Local and state funding and incentives. Byrne dairy has requested a payment in lieu of tax agreement as well as a waiver of mortgage and sales taxes on construction materials. The company also has plans to seek grants from the Empire State Development Corporation and community block grant funding.
The company had previously hoped to begin construction in the spring of 2013 with the yogurt plant beginning production in June of 2014.