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The Rebuild of Cortland’s Downtown Begins March 27

Updated: Apr 14, 2023

Construction crews with CCI Companies will begin the two-year project to rebuild Main Street in historic downtown Cortland.

As signs of spring are beginning to appear in Cortland, so will orange cones, heavy equipment and the noise that comes with a significant infrastructure project.


Starting March 27, construction crews with CCI Companies will begin the two-year project to rebuild Main Street. Contractors will start by removing trees along Main Street, and replacing and rehabilitating underground water and sewer utilities. Work is expected to commence on the west side of Main Street between West Court Street and Tompkins Street. Parking in that vicinity will be disrupted, but traffic will be maintained in at least one lane.


The construction is part of the City of Cortland’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative, which is being funded in part by a $10 million dollar grant awarded by the State of New York.


Mayor Scott Steve said he and his team have been meeting regularly with CCI representatives and other public utilities to go over the scope of work and to help minimize impacts to business and visitors to downtown Cortland. Steve said, “We know there will be some short-term inconveniences associated with this work, but long term, the City will benefit from a renewed downtown.”


The City, in partnership with the Cortland County Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Cortland County Business Development Corporation, has established the Crown City Rising website and social media platforms to communicate information and updates in connection with the downtown reconstruction. Everyone is encouraged to bookmark to the website, subscribe to the e-newsletter and follow Crown City Rising on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date.


Downtown businesses are encouraged to contact the CVB for resources and materials to help keep their customers informed and engaged throughout construction. To pick up collateral or for more information, visit the Visitors Center at 42 Main Street, in downtown Cortland or email crowncityrising@gmail.com. You can also download digital material via the Crown City Rising Toolkit here.


Please note, all detours and construction activity is subject to weather and other related variables.


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