David Yaman, owner of David Yaman Realty Services, announced at the Cortlandville Planning Board meeting on Tuesday a proposed manufacturing plant northwest of the Cortland Commerce building on the city’s Route 13.
The proposal at Tuesday’s meeting was to construct one 38,000 square foot building, four 30,000 square foot buildings and one 20,000 square foot building. The project would be built on a 55.66 acre parcel. It would also include walkways, parking lots, loading docks, utilities, stormwater management facilities and landscaping. According to documents submitted to the town planning council, the buildings represent 15 acres of the total plot.
“I think it’s very important for any community to have an industrial park ready to go. The type of industry Cortland County will attract is one that requires 15,000 to 30,000 square feet of facilities, ”Yaman said. “We tend to attract smaller industries. “
The site is accessible by Route 13 and Lime Hollow Road. It would be attractive to industrial partners, Yaman said.
“For this industrial park to be ready for development, it must have access to sewers, water, gas and electricity,” he said. He noted that the project has already attracted interest from three different companies, including a cannabis cultivation company. “We’re confident that based on this design we can attract a variety of industries and possibly warehouses, but I’m more interested in manufacturing. “
Part of the incentives include the existing infrastructure left behind by the old Smith Corona factory, which closed in 2001.
“Smith Corona, when fully occupied and operating in three shifts, used a large volume of electricity. These transformers produce quite a bit. What we have in terms of infrastructure you don’t see very often, ”he said. “The plot has a very large gas line that we can also tap into. “
The initial phase will consist of the construction of the 38,000 square foot building and the 20,000 square foot building, according to plans submitted to council.