Byrne Dairy Officials Lay Out Recent Revisions to Companies Cortlandville Project
Milk processor Byrne Dairy appeared before the Cortlandville Planning Board last night to outline the most recent revisions to the companies proposed yogurt and cheese manufacturing plant.
Jim Gosier Byrne Dairy’s attorney presented discussed the most recent revisions to the multi phase development. Byrne Dairy plans to build a 40 thousand square foot dairy manufacturing facility at the Finger Lakes East Business Park on Route 13.
Gosier says 30 thousand square feet will be used to make yogurt, the other 10 thousand square feet will be used for a specialty cheese manufacturing operation. Byrne Dairy’s engineers have realigned the plant to make it more visitor friendly by improving the flow of foot traffic through the plant
The project also includes a farm to table visitors center, that will give visitors to the site a chance to see a working farm with 10 to 20 heifers as well as an opportunity to see firsthand how yogurt and cheese are made. The project includes the refurbishment of the Osbeck Farm which borders the business park, which will serve as the visitor’s center.
Planners questioned Goshier about the company’s plans to install 7 decorative old fashioned farm style windmills near the front of the site. Goshier say the windmills which will vary in height ranging from 90 feet down to 45 feet will not generate power they are designed to create a focal point for the site and draw visitor’s attention. The windmills would be lit up, and Goshier said the colored lights may change letting guests and neighbors know what items are being produced at any given time.
Goshier also outlined some minor changes to the proposed amphitheatre that company wants to build behind the dairy processing plant. The plan is to install a large concrete pad and run power to it, Goshier says the plan has been revised to add handicapped accessible parking an walkways. The area around the amphitheatre would be regarded to provide natural seating.
The project also features construction of a four suite executive lodge for private guests.
The first phase carries a price tag of $23 million dollars; it is expected to generate as many as 4 to 6 truck trips in and out of the site each day. Gosier says a traffic study has been completes the company hopes to work with the State Department of Transportation to have a fully controlled stop light on Route 13 to improve safety.
The first phase of the project will generate 50 to 75 jobs. At full build out the project could create up to 300 jobs.
Byrne Dairy is working with engineers who designed the new Chobani yogurt plant in Illinois to design the state of the art Cortlandville plant. The exterior will resemble the company’s facility in DeWitt.
Planners moved the site plan to the County planning board for review, Goshier hopes to begin construction in June and open the plant in June of 2014.