By Debra J. Groom
It shouldn’t be long before Fred Raynor Ford in Granby gets the go-ahead to build a new dealership.
Granby Supervisor Ed Williamson said the Raynor project has only one or two meetings left before the town planning board before it can move forward. He expects the project will be approved.
Raynor proposes building a new 21,000 square foot building on a 5-acre parcel on Route 3, not far from where the current Raynor business is located.
The site is at the corner of Route 3 and Airport Road, a bit closer to the Granby-Fulton line than the present dealership. Williamson said the new building would be about double the size of the present Raynor dealership.
Raynor has said in his proposal that he would employ from six to eight more people at the new site.
Williamson said Ford Motor Co. is upgrading many of its sales facilities across the country and Raynor is included in this endeavor. He believes the move not only will help Raynor, but should be a lift for Granby as well.
“I’m working with the state Department of State, division of local government, to apply for a shared services grant,” Williamson said.
What he wants to do is get money to run the sewer line from where it ends at Airport Road down to WalMart to the treatment station at the corner of Hannibal Street and Route 3.
Then the city of Fulton can use part of the money to upgrade the pump station on Hannibal Street to help take care of the additional sewage moving through the extended sewer line.
Williamson said extending the sewer line down that stretch of Route 3 and upgrading the pump station would allow more businesses to open along that part of Route 3 because they would have sewer access. Now any business along that portion of Route 3 would have to have septic systems.
“We want to do this now so future expansion can hook in so we don’t have to do this again,” Williamson said.
Fred Raynor could not be reached for comment.
Ryan Churchill, the engineer on the project by GYMO Architects, Engineers and Land Surveying in Watertown, said Williamson said Raynor already owns the property for the new site and no zoning changes are needed.
Williamson said Raynor most likely will sell or lease his old dealership building to another business.
He also said the hope is to have the Raynor project approved so construction can begin this year.