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City Council Recommends Variance For Natrium Warehouse Project
Thursday, May 8, 2014
City Council Recommends Variance For Natrium Warehouse Project
Cortland City leaders have voted to support a local baking soda manufacturer request for a variance to build a a new warehouse.
 
Last month city leaders tabled a request by Natrium Products to rezone two vacant parcels for industrial use.
 
The company is looking to rezone the land from general business to industrial. Natrium wants to construct an over 11 thousand square foot warehouse there. 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.
 
Two neighbors complained about the project prompting the move to table the request. Some lawmakers were concerned that rezoning the property could lead the way to unchecked industrial development on the site which backs up to residential property on Port Watson Street.
 
Natrium has proposed installing a vegetative buffer to screen the building from neighbors.
 
The City Council has now endorsed a use variance for the project, the variance would allow the warehouse to move forward, but would require any changes in use on the site to come back for new approvals from the planning or zoning boards.
 
The Zoning Board of Appeals will consider the request at its meeting on May 12th.
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