A grand opening on November 18 will cap less than four months of construction on a new Byrne Dairy gas station/convenience store in Homer.
Located at the corner of NYS-281 and Cayuga Street, the business expects to draw even more traffic into a part of town already known for its congestion during peak travel times.
The project was first proposed to the village in January, followed by a presentation the following month by Byrne Dairy executive V.P. Christian Brunell at a board of trustees meeting.
Village leaders held their October session last night.
Mayor Hal McCabe said he had met earlier in the day with a DOT rep to express his greatest concerns.
“We were pretty sure when [Byrne] came to the state for approvals, they were going to make them put turn lanes in,” McCabe said. “But clearly, you can see by the stormwater retention pond that there is no room now.”
That same concern was voiced just two weeks ago during a meeting of the village planning board on another large proposal to build a Dollar General just up the road.
Don Ferris, now the chair of the planning board, said at the time he was informed the edge of the pond is just a few feet away from the sidewalk. “That should’ve been caught way before the construction phase,” said Ferris.
McCabe said there may be some help on the way from the DOT.
“Whether we do delayed greens or try another strategy, I told him something has got to be done,” McCabe said. “He told me he was going to get on it.”