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Progress on Future 7 Brew Moves Forward – Public Hearing Set Later This Month

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Progress to the Cortland area’s newest coffee chain continued during last night’s Town of Cortlandville Planning Board meeting. Approvals were given for 7 Brew for a lot line adjustment, and a site plan approval on the condition that the 16 recommendations made by the Cortland County Planning Board are met. The Planning Board also approved having the Town of Cortlandville Town Board be the lead agency and conduct a public hearing regarding the aquifer permit the business is required to have. The public hearing will take place on June 20th at 5pm at the Cortlandville Raymond G. Thorpe Municipal Building.

Image via Town of Cortlandville.

One item that was highlighted as a possible concern by the County Planning and also members of the planning board was the traffic volume and possibility of traffic backup on Route 13.

Daily traffic volume on Route 13 has significantly increased since the pandemic. Latest data from the New York State Department of Transportation shows daily traffic numbers on Route 13 in the area to be around 12,253 vehicles a day, with 94% of the traffic being from passenger vehicles.

One area of concern the County Planning Board brought up in their review of the site plan application was the anticipated traffic volume the new business would bring on Route 13. 7 Brew said they are in the process of working with the NYDOT on any possible traffic issues in the area.

“It is recommended that the Town require the applicant to update the project design to meet the listed NYS DOT requirements. It is also recommended that the town consider requiring the applicant conduct a traffic study due to the large volume of vehicles expected to be arriving and departing from the site.”

The Cortland County Planning Board noted in their recommendations to the Town of Cortlandville.

7 Brew looks to build their newest location on Route 13 next to the A&W mini golf course. Renderings show a dual drive-thru lane for customers. The business will be mainly drive-thru with no indoor or outdoor seating. Operating hours once fully open will be from 5:30am to 10pm weekdays and 5:30am to 11 pm weekends. Patrons visiting will not order at a window, but have an employee walk up to your vehicle and place your order on an iPad. Once you move up to the window, your order will be brought to your vehicle.

Some residents voiced concerns over both lighting and music that would be playing outside at the establishment. Representatives for 7 Brew said the tree line behind where the location is going would not be touched and would provide a large buffer to the home in the neighborhood next door. For the outdoor music, sound testing will be conducted prior to the locations opening and ensure all speakers are following code allowances for decibel maximums.

The timeline for construction is aimed for groundbreaking in either towards the end of this month or July of this year. The building process for the location would be extremely simple as the building comes as a prefabricated building and then assembled together.

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