Cortland Manufacturer Natrium Zone Change Request Approved by City Planners
The Cortland City Planning Commission has endorsed a proposal by a local baking soda manufacturer to rezone two vacant pieces of land on the city's east side to accommodate a new warehouse for the company.
Natrium Products located on East Court Street wants the city to rezone a nearly 3 acre parcel across the street from the companies existing manufacturing facility from a business use to a industrial use.
Natrium has been in Cortland sine the 1980's, the company makes sodium bicarbonate, or baking soda.
Natrium is looking to rezone the property to accommodate an over 11 thousand square foot warehouse. The new building would be used to store finished product and soda ash. The project also includes a new driveway that would connect the new storage building to East Court Street.
The City Planning Board endorsed the zone change last night and sent it back to the City Council for approval. The council is expected to set a public hearing on the request at its next meeting on April 1st, the public hearing would likely be held on April 15th after which the council could vote to change the zoning to clear the way for the project. The proposed warehouse will still need an approval from the planning board.
Some members of the Council did raise concerns about increased truck traffic as a result of the project.