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Former Cortlandville Fire Station on Route 281 Sees New Life

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The former Cortlandville Fire Station on Route 281 looks to have new life after sitting unused for a number of years. The building, which was originally owned by the Town of Cortlandville before it was “traded” over to Gutchess along with the park behind the old station for the Town to receive land on what is now the Gutchess Lumber Sports Complex.


A well-known local business plans to expand and move their shop to the location. Priority Fire Apparatus plans to move into the location soon and sought a conditional permit from the Cortlandville Planning Board.

Priority Fire Apparatus & Service, currently operates 115 Port Watson Street in the City of Cortland. The company was founded in 2005 and formed by former employees of the Saulsbury Fire Rescue/E-One facility in Preble before it closed in 2004, according to their website.

The company serves all of Upstate New York as well as North Pennsylvania and their work utilizes services for various municipalities (police cars, fire trucks, etc.).

The Planning Board was happy to see the former fire station put into new use, but did raise a few questions. One question raised was if the parking lot size (10 feet by 20 feet) was large enough to accommodate some of the vehicles they serve, such as fire trucks. Gerald Henry, one of the owners of Priority Fire, said fire trucks would not be parked outside as maintenance done for them is done quickly, and if they have to have the truck overnight, they are locked inside.

Board Member Hotchkin asked if any work to “spruce” up the building would be done as well as any added greenery. Henry said with winter coming a refresh of the building, such as painting, wouldn’t take place until Spring/Summer. Regarding the question of added greenery, as the building is leased, there is not much the board can do to have greenery added, but to ask Gutchess if they’d be willing to, Chair Newell said.

All in all, the Planning Board had a positive view towards the plan and voted unanimously to approve the conditional permit for Priority Fire Apparatus & Service.

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