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Cortland County IDA/BDC to Donate Land to Village of Homer – Plans for Future Dog Park


During the Village of Homer Board of Trustees meeting last night at the Homer Town Hall, Cortland County Business Development Corporation (BDC) and County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) Board Chairman, Michael McMahon spoke to the village board on plans for the BDC and IDA donating the former Contentos property just off Route 11 right outside the village of homer.

Overview of the property. Image via Google

The property has been owned by the BDC and IDA for well over 20 years after the organization purchased it from Contentos as part of a grant that also allowed the removal of all the vehicles and buildings on the property; it also allowed the installation of 9 water monitoring wells. The property was once a junkyard on the other side of Tioughnioga river alongside Route 11 just before entering the Village of Homer.

McMahon said to the trustees after numerous attempts to sell the property, the organization has come to the unanimous decision to donate the property to the village, citing the village receiving downtown revitalization funding as a motivator.

“Since Homer won the DRI, the village. It might be a nice thing to be able to include [the property]. We have the ability to gift it to the village. We cannot gift it to a private enterprise or a single person, but we can to a municipality.”

McMahon said to the Board of Trustees.

The land in total is 14 acres and water testing has come up cleared Mcmahon said. A final vote on approving donating the land is expected to take place during the BDC/IDA meeting in early April. Overall, the board of trustees showed excitement towards the donation of the land, which would be required to be used as a public park and cannot be resold by the village.

“Boy you don’t know how excited I am.” Said Trustee Ed Finkbeiner. “This is absolutely what I’ve been wanting for years….. I’ve had plans for that property for years.”

The idea of a future dog park, which would be Cortland Counties first, was brought up and agreed as an ideal use for the property by the Mayor and Trustees. It was also noted the bridge that leads to the property next to the Circus House remains in good condition.

The Village of Homer Board of Trustees is expected to take a vote on officially accepting the donated land towards the end of April.

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