December 8, 2021

Building of Jiffy Lube in C’ville expected to wrap in August

Todd R. McAdam/managing editor

Contractors have dug a hole for a foundation on Route 13 in South Cortland, the site of the former Golden Skillet diner. The property will see a Jiffy Lube station built there in the coming months.

A Jiffy Lube is under construction on Route 13 in Cortlandville at the site of the former Golden Skillet restaurant.

Construction on the project at 840 Route 13, next to the Marshall’s clearance store, began March 22, said Ryan Gierer, the director of operations for Knoebel Construction.

Construction is expected to finish late August and the business should open in early September.

Gierer declined to comment on the cost of the project.

The Golden Skillet was damaged in a December 2004 fire.

Since the fire, Tom Williams, then the town code officer and now town supervisor, said in 2012 the building had remained essentially untouched and conditions worsened. This included a deteriorating exterior, leaking roof and dirty dishes.

The Cortlandville Town Board voted in 2012 to have the building demolished. Williams could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

The building that had once housed Garcia’s, a Mexican restaurant, was recently demolished. Cortlandville Planning and Zoning Officer Bruce Weber did not have details Wednesday on future uses for the property.

The site — next to 877 Route 13 — was the home of Garcia’s until it moved in 2017 to its current address, 137 Main St., Cortland.