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Planners say $5M expansion at H.H. Dobbins needs more information

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 27 March 2015 at 12:00 am

LYNDONVILLE – Orleans County Planning Board members voted to kick back an application to the developer and Yates town officials for a $5 million project that would add controlled-atmosphere storage for apples.

Empire Fruit LLC (H.H. Dobbins) wants to construct a 26,240-square-foot metal building with ancillary facilities for CA storage at 10775 Millers Rd. The company wants to get started on the project soon and have it ready for the fall harvest.

The project has support from the Orleans Economic Development Agency for tax incentives.

The problem, planners said on Thursday, was the project disturbs more than 1 acre of land. When that happens, the developer needs to provide a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan. That hasn’t been done for the project.

That prompted planners to deem the application incomplete. Dobbins needs to provide the Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan for the application to move forward.

County planners said 3 acres of land would be disturbed for the project, when parking spaces, the driveway and the building footprint are all factored.