Schine Asbestos Removal (copy)

Work is underway on asbestos removal at the Auburn Schine Theater. The work requires most of sidewalk in front of the South Street theater to be blocked off. The project is expected to continue through the end of January.

Kevin Rivoli, The Citizen

The city of Auburn will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. Thursday at Memorial City Hall during the Auburn City Council meeting regarding the city's intent to apply for $1 million in state funding to assist with the redevelopment of the Schine Theater. 

The city will be applying for the Empire State Development Corporation's Restore NY Communities Initiatives grant on behalf of the theater project. The city is required to hold a public hearing before submitting the final application. 

Restoring the former theater will come at an estimated cost of $6 million. The project already received an $800,000 grant through the city's Community Block Development Grant entitlements to assist with asbestos abatement, which is currently taking place. The next steps include rehabilitating the interior lobby, the rest of the interior and the exterior facade.