October 26, 2021

Byrne Dairy project moves forward

S.N. Briere/staff reporter

Byrne Dairy representatives spoke with residents on Nixon Avenue in the village of Homer in January about putting a gas station on the corner of Route 281 and Cayuga Street across from Glenwood Cemetery. The gas station would go on land that is currently a vacant lot at the corner, a used car lot, a car wash and the site of a veterinary office.

If everything keeps moving forward, construction could begin in the next 45 to 60 days for the Byrne Dairy market and gas station project at routes 281 and 90 in Homer, said Chris Brunelle, the senior executive vice president working on the project.

“That would be fantastic, said Homer Mayor Darren “Hal” McCabe.

Brunelle said construction would take approximately 90 days, with the station opening in the fall.

The village board voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a zoning change for three parcels the project would fill to zone them all the same after no one spoke during a public hearing on the topic.

Byrne Dairy proposes building a 4,232-square-foot gas station with a store and deli on Route 281 and Route 90.

The station would be on 2.4 acres now occupied by a car wash, a used car lot, a veterinarian’s office and vacant corner lot.

The county planning department recommended in March that the county planning board approve a zoning change to make all properties consistent.

However, the county planning board meeting was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, as was the village board meeting.

The village planning board met April 21 and recommended the approval of the zoning changes and agreed with the county planning department that the project complete several other steps, including making sure the zoning changes meet the village’s comprehensive plan. The village board members said the changes did meet the plan.

Other steps also included mitigating the effect to the surrounding neighbors of noise, lights and odors, adding grooves to the concrete around dispensing areas and making sure a licensed engineer of the Cortland County Soil and Water Conservation District reviews a stormwater pollution plan.