Schine Asbestos Removal

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.

For the first time in more than a decade, the vacant Auburn Schine Theater saw major restoration work take place and significant outside funding secured. The historic downtown Auburn theater was chosen by city officials to receive $800,000 in federal funds to pay for the removal of asbestos and other hazardous materials, a step that has blocked just about any other physical work from progressing. In addition, the state has awarded a $1.2 million grant to move the project forward after the remediation work is finished.

A big development in the project came when the theater's longtime owner, the Cayuga County Arts Council, reached an agreement with Syracuse-based Bowers Development to establish a new ownership structure and put Bowers in charge of the work. Details of that arrangement are still being finalized and reviewed, but officials are pointing to a $6 million project that could be completed by October 2019.

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