November 26, 2021

Planners recommend approval of clinic

C’ville planners to review project Oct. 25

Colin Spencer/staff reporter

The former Wilcox Tire store on Route 13 in Cortlandville would be the site of a new 21,200-square-foot primary-care facility operated by Cayuga Medical Associates, under plans to be brought to the town next week.

Editor’s note: This story was updated to correct an error

Plans for a proposed primary care facility on Route 13 in Cortlandville have been recommended by county planners; the Cortland County Planning Board will consider it Wednesday, and the town’s planning board will consider it next week.

On Oct. 25, the Cortlandville Planning Board will review a proposed site plan and an aquifer protection district permit application that seeks to demolish the former Wilcox Tire store at 1113 Route 13, next to O’Shea Tire, and build a 21,200-square-foot primary care facility operated by Cayuga Medical Associates, said town Planning and Zoning Officer Bruce Weber on Monday.

Documents on the plan state the facility will be for primary and specialty care and feature outpatient services. No major surgeries would be performed on site.

A Byrne Dairy gas station was proposed at the site, but was rejected in 2018 after a town board vote failed to pass rezoning Route 13 from McLean Road to the city line from B-2 to B-3, which allows gas stations with a special permit. The site has been vacant since 2015, according to planning documents.

The site remains zoned B-2, which allows clinics and other health-care facilities with a conditional permit.

If accepted, future plans would include building an 8,500-square-foot addition. No costs were shown in the documents and a representative from Cayuga Medical Associates could not be reached for comment.

Weber said the site plan approval and aquifer protection district permits would be discussed at the Oct. 25 Cortlandville Planning Board meeting. Following that, it will be brought before the Cortlandville Town Board for review.

County Legislator Eugene Waldbauer (R-Cortlandville) said the project would fulfill the town’s goal of creating economic growth by using unused lots rather than building on new land.

“I think it’s fantastic,” he said. “They’re going to improve a property in town, that’s great.”

Additionally, he’s said that having talked to town constituents, many have had problems getting primary-care physicians because physicians haven’t been taking in new patients, even before the COVID-19 pandemic.

“So it’s going to be a nice addition,” he said.