October 18, 2021

Work on new Byrne Dairy begins

Gas station, convenience store expected to open in November

Kevin Conlon/city editor

Site work was underway Tuesday in preparation for construction of a Byrne Dairy convenience store and gas station at the southeast corner of routes 281 and 90 in the village of Homer.

Construction crews dumped loose gravel Tuesday afternoon along a fence on a property that will become a Byrne Dairy gas station and convenience store in the village of Homer at routes 281 and 90.

“We’re on track,” said Christian Brunelle, the Byrne senior executive vice president working on the project. “We’re right where we want to be.”

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

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

Brunelle said construction started July 20. The veterinarian office was expected to be taken down today.

“The site work will start next,” Brunelle said, noting a retaining wall will have to be put in place along the back of the property where the site abuts neighboring homes.

Brunelle said people can expect work on the building to start at the end of August, with people seeing walls up in early September. Brunelle said the company expects the station to be open in early November.

Brunelle said he has also been keeping neighbors in the area apprised of the work. Ingrid Fox, who lives on the east side of Nixon Street — which doesn’t abut the property — said she still has traffic concerns given how busy the intersection already is. However, she said residents of the neighborhood won’t know if traffic will increase or by how much until the station is up and running.

She also said the company has been friendly about the endeavor, meeting with neighbors multiple times throughout the process.

“I’m a little anxious to see how it turns out,” she said. The project has the potential to increase the village of Homer’s tax base by $15,000 a year or 1%, McCabe had said.

“We lost a tremendous opportunity to create jobs, generate sales tax, add to the property tax base, provide good service and reclaim a dilapidated building when the town of Cortlandville refused to support a proposed Byrne Dairy retail store and service station at the former Willcox Tire building on Tompkins Street Extension,” said Garry VanGorder, the executive director and CEO of the Cortland County Business Development Corp.

“The fact that the company still sees promise here is great news,” VanGorder added. “Byrne’s retail operations are first-rate and will provide a similar economic boost to the one that might have been seen across town. Capital investment in Cortland County is important now, more than ever.”