Cortlandville Planners Grant Final Approval to Byrne Dairy Plant
The Cortlandville Planning Board has given final approval to the proposed Byrne dairy manufacturing plant at the currently undeveloped business park on Route 13.
In a unanimous vote last night the Cortlandville planning board approved Byrne Dairy’s first phase of the company’s planned multi phase development. The initial project includes the construction of a 40 thousand square foot manufacturing facility, 30 thousand square feet will be used to make yogurt, and the other 10 thousand square feet will be used for a specialty cheese manufacturing operation.
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 cows 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.
The project also features a four suite executive lodge at the rear of the property for private guests and an outdoor amphitheatre for concerts and other events.
Planners were shown an animated three dimension model showing the company’s plans for 6 classic farm windmills that will stand near the front of the site and will serve as signage and a landmark for visitors to the Town and the new facility. The towers will be decorated with multi colored L-E-D lights that will be powered when the windmills turn, the tallest tower will be 90 feet.
Planners attached 13 conditions to the approval based on recommendations from the county planning board. Project manager and Byrne Dairy Attorney Jim Goshier says a traffic study that has been conducted shows the development will not generate enough additional traffic to warrant the installation of a new fully controlled traffic light at the entrance to the facility. Byrne Dairy had proposed the full traffic light to help improve safety for visitors turning north onto Route 13.
The $30 million dollar dairy facility is expected to create nearly 80 jobs over five years and inject over $58 million in wages into the local economy over the next 20 years. The company has been granted a $3.5 million tax break, including a 20-year property tax abatement.
The company needs one final approval from the Cortlandville Town board, construction is expected to begin within the next month.