Take a drive between Penn Yan to Dundee and along with the corn that’s reaching new heights, you’ll see some construction projects that are blooming in the heat of summer.

Three of the projects, Tractor Supply, Oak Hill Bulk Foods, and Dandy Mart are retail establishments — one new and two expansions. The fourth project is at Penn Yan Central School, where excavation work for the latest capital project has begun between the bus garage and elementary school.

Tractor Supply

Construction of the Penn Yan community’s newest retail store began at 2391 State Route 14A in April with a goal to open in the fall.

“We’re not just building a store, we’re building a team that understands the needs of the Penn Yan community,” said District Manager Katie Porta. “We know this community values living ‘Life Out Here’ just like us—with a focus on caring for their home, land, pets and animals. With the addition of our new location, we’re able to ensure the Penn Yan community is fully equipped with the products they need.”

The Penn Yan Tractor Supply plans to hire 12 to 15 employees with firsthand knowledge and expertise in caring for pets, livestock, and land.

Granger Construction Company is building the 19,097-square-foot store, which will include a sales floor, external support service area, and pet wash station.

The store opening will kick off with a four-day Grand Opening celebration.

For details about Tractor Supply, visit TractorSupply.com.

Oak Hill Bulk Foods

This popular specialty bulk food store’s retail, bakery, and café spaces are expanding to meet the demands of a growing customer base. The new retail area will extend to the south of the existing sore and the new bakery will be added to the back of the new retail space. The café will be expanded and remodeled over the coming winter season.

“Our goal is to keep creating a unique shopping experience,” according to a sign at the store’s entrance.

Owner Phil Riehl says now that the project is underway, building by Martin’s Construction is progressing according to plans.

Dandy Mart

The Dandy Mini-Mart at the corner of Millard and Water Streets in Dundee will be the company’s newest outlet, and will open in early September to the delight of students and staff at Dundee Central School.

Bill Bustin, Dandy’s, marketing director, expects to be able to provide details about the store’s features as the opening date nears.

“It is always exciting for our team to undertake projects to refresh and renovate. We want to exceed expectations every day,” he says.

One of the unique components of this project is the incorporation of the Dandy Jr. structure, built by Woodtex, which allows the business to continue to operate during construction.

“The beer cooler, abbreviated food menu and fuel stations were able to stay operational within the Woodtex structure. The Woodtex folks have really been an amazing partner throughout the process, and we’ll absolutely be re-using the Dandy Jr. in the future – it’s staying in the family,” says Bustin.

Dandy Mini Marts  Inc. operates 66 locations in Northern Pennsylvania and Southern New York.

Penn Yan School

The ground is moving around the driveway and parking area around the bus garage at Penn Yan Central School, as the district’s latest capital project begins. The project was approved by voters in December 2016.

This is the first phase of a $16.2 million project that will include realigned parking closer to the elementary school, a new transportation facility, and demolition of the existing bus garage. The maintenance shop will remain at its current location.

During this phase of construction, the School Drive entrance to the campus from Liberty Street is closed. Traffic must enter from Maple Avenue.  The main driveway entrance from Liberty Street should be open by the end of August, but parking will be a challenge since part of the lot will not be available during construction and demolition.

Superintendent Howard Dennis says school officials hope that after opening bids for construction of the new transportation facility July 18, construction on that building can start soon; although there is some concern about the cost of steel.

The capital project also includes plans for $1.5 million in interior work at the elementary school, and $4.64 million of renovations at the middle school. That interior work will begin in September.

Replacing the synthetic turf and track surfaces on the athletic field at a cost of $1.8 million will begin late next spring, so spring sports schedules will be arranged so teams play home games and meets early in the season, and away events later in the season.

If there are no major complications, the entire capital project should be complete in August 2019.