C’ville push: Redevelopment

June 8, 2021 By Colin Spencer

Rather than push new developments to never-developed green spaces, Cortlandville’s comprehensive plan would encourage redeveloping sites.

Instead of an aging row of empty retail spaces on Route 13 in South Cortland, the town hopes to push developers to either re-occupy those buildings, or redevelop the old site.

The Cortlandville Town Board will have a public hearing at its June 16 meeting to allow the public to comment on the document, Supervisor Tom Williams said Monday.

Representatives of CHA Consulting, Inc. — the firm the town hired to assist on the plan — will be present to answer questions.

Following that, the town will revise the plan to address pertinent comments, Williams said.

“We’d like to get it done, get it off the table, get in place,” Williams said.

Compared to the existing plan — last updated in 1978 — the new plan drafted last year places greater focus on commercial development, Williams said.

In 1978, much of what is now the town’s largest commercial district, from Route 222 to the town line, remained farm fields.

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