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Cortland Planning Commission Approves Proposed Convenience Store


The City of Cortland Planning Commission met last night at City Hall, one item on the agenda was the site plan review of 120 Groton Ave, which looks to transform the building into a neighborhood convenience store.

Jeff Constantino, owner of the property, attended the meeting to give a quick overview of the project and why he wants to open the store. Constantino said this new convenience store would fill a void that was left in the neighborhood after the Byrne Dairy convenience store (located across the street) closed earlier this year.

The building was originally a convenience store many years ago before it was converted into office use. Constantino has been given approval already from the County Planning and the City of Cortland ZBA for the project.

“It’s filling a neighborhood need because you have the Byrne Dairy right across the street which closed down. I think it is a good use of the property.” Planning Commission Member Brendan McGovern said.

Parking issues weren’t raised as the building was originally built as a convenience store. Constantino said hours of operation for the store would be 7am to about 10 or 11pm at the latest.

With no public comments, the Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve the site plan review for the future store.

The project cost to convert the building back into a convenience store was estimated at $200,000 dollars. Work is expected to begin as soon as all building permits are issued with an anticipated opening date by Summer 2024.

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