The 25 South St. parking lot should be a no-building zone within a historical district zone.

We, the residents of Auburn, DO NOT support the Equal Rights Heritage Center to be on 25 South St. lot to be zoned for any building structures of any kind. The lot is mostly safe and it's the shortest to be accessed by all front entrances of many recreational and cultural museums, especially for the elderly, baby strollers, children under 10, people with limited mobility and people with sensory limitations. We have informal gatherings such as the Christmas parade, Christmas lights in front of Memorial City Hall, registration for events like run/walk race around Loop Road and the flexibility for use of special events, and we have the right to enjoy the view of our historical structures from the parking lot, which was not mentioned in the environmental impact assessment.

We must protect Auburn families for future generations! The proposed state building does not even fit architecturally into the historic building zone. I challenge you to consider other better access locations closer to Route 20. Or why not use 50 Washington St. (former Dunn shoe factory)? That is an option owned by the city of Auburn. There’s better opportunity at that location to create a regional transportation hub that could connect to the regional train rides with support from the Taste NY Program. Some additional businesses on Washington Street location, like bowling alleys, could give travelers and families somewhere to exercise or rest while traveling along that road or even a public food market. It’s a good starting point for tourists to continue straight up Genesee Street to visit the Cayuga Museum, Schweinfurth Art Center, as well as Seward House, etc., or on a smaller scale move to Dill Street lot closer to Route 20 and hotels. Move the center out of 25 South St.

Again, I challenge New York state and city hall to conduct completed and accurate assessment as required by law!

Grace Netti

Auburn

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