AUBURN — By the end of the month, details on 18 Downtown Revitalization Initiative projects selected as finalists by the Auburn Local Planning Committee will be handed over to the state. State officials will then review each project's plan before the list is trimmed one last time.
Over the course of months, a preliminary list of 29 projects that requested a collective $21.7 million in state funding was reduced by the LPC. Together, the 18 projects that made it this far are requesting $13.5 million in DRI funds. It will be up to the state to further shrink the total requested funds to fit the $10 million budget that Auburn was awarded by the governor.
Designed to boost future downtown development, the state DRI program is designed to incorporate public feedback. At the program's fourth and final public workshop, a rundown of each project was presented to the Auburn community.
Below are the details for those projects still competing for a piece of the DRI pie. Committee members with direct connections to projects on this list abstained from voting on their inclusion. The list is unranked, as none of the projects are preferred over others by the committee.
West End Arts Campus
Sponsored by the Schweinfurth Art Center and the Cayuga Museum, this project would develop the two properties into an arts campus that would create a west-end gateway to the rest of downtown.
DRI funding requested: $2,250,000
Total project cost: $3,750,000
East Hill Family Medical
East Hill Family Medical is proposing exterior restoration and significant interior improvements to enhance medical office space. The project also calls for creating residential space on the building's upper levels. Keith Cutler, CEO of East Hill Medical, is a Local Planning Committee member.
DRI funding requested: $2 million
Total project cost: $8,329,142
Shared Public Services Facility
This project, backed by the city and Cayuga County, would relocate the Auburn Fire Department to a complex on Seminary Street that would also offer space for certain county agencies. An emergency operations center and management office would also be housed here. Auburn Mayor Michael Quill and Auburn City Councilor Dia Carabajal are members of the Local Planning Committee.
DRI funding requested: $1.2 million
Total project cost: $10 million
East Hill Park Neighborhood
R&M Real Estate Group is sponsoring a plan to create a multi-building, multi-family residential area. This project would call for site improvements and streetscape work.
DRI funding requested: $1.1 million
Total project cost: $2.9 million
Nick's Ride 4 Friends
This project, backed by Nick's Ride 4 Friends, would rehabilitate a vacant structure at 13 Chapel St. for the nonprofit's utilization. Local Planning Committee member Joel Campagnola is founder of Nick's Ride 4 Friends.
DRI funding requested: $931,800
Total project cost: $1,331,800
Museum Building Repair
The Seward House Museum is calling for the restoration of two deteriorating outbuildings on the museum's campus.
DRI funding requested: $863,925
Total project cost: $1,232,000
CCC Culinary Center
Cayuga Community College is sponsoring a project to convert a space in the Plaza of the Arts building into a culinary school. The project would create a new culinary program for the college. Local Planning Committee member Brian Durant is CCC's president.
DRI funding requested: $800,000
Total project cost: $1,250,000
Sun Café and Performance Space @ APT
The Auburn Public Theater plans to expand operations by opening a new café as well as creating a new black box theater space. Local Planning Committee member Angela Daddabbo is a founder and artistic director at Auburn Public Theater.
DRI funding requested: $700,000
Total project cost: $1.8 million
22 E. Genesee St.
R&M Real Estate Group is also sponsoring a project that would transform a vacant building into a mixed-used one with retail space on the lower floor and residential space above.
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DRI funding requested: $625,000
Total project cost: $1,610,627
Behavioral Health Services
Health Central is seeking a renovation to 10,000 square feet of space at its Garden Street facility that would accommodate new behavioral health services.
DRI funding requested: $385,000
Total project cost: $950,000
This project at Willard Chapel is sponsored by the Community Preservation Committee. The project would entail window replacements and site adjustments to improve visitor experience.
DRI funding requested: $267,500
Total project cost: $535,000
99 Genesee St.
Sponsored by Schulz Properties Inc., this project would rehabilitate an existing building to establish retail space on the lower level and residential on the upper level.
DRI funding requested: $172,800
Total project cost: $432,000
55 Market St.
Borsa Apartments LLC plans to improve this residential building's exterior and enhance some of its first floor space.
DRI funding requested: $120,000
Total project cost: $192,000
Exterior repairs to the Phoenix Building are sponsored by Andrew and Elizabeth Simkin. The improvements would help preserve the building's architectural integrity.
DRI funding requested: $120,000
Total project cost: $160,000
63 Genesee Public Art
Public art would be placed outside of the Play Space on Genesee Street to further the city's vibrancy. The project is sponsored by KyleCroft Development LLC.
DRI funding requested: $100,000
Total project cost: $150,000
State Street Event Plaza
This city-supported project would transform a vacant lot into a public gathering area where community activities could be held. City officials Quill and Carabajal are Local Planning Committee members.
DRI funding requested: $1 million
Total project cost: $1.6 million
Downtown BID Public Art
Public art such as sculptures, murals and banners would be placed throughout the downtown core. This project is sponsored by the Auburn Business Improvement District. BID Executive Director Stephanie DeVito is a Local Planning Committee member.
DRI funding requested: $285,000
Total project cost: $300,000
Also in the project list is a $600,000 small project grant fund. Pipeline projects — projects that requested DRI funding but fell short of being included in the list being sent to Albany — could apply for funding through the small grant fund.
The state's final list of Auburn DRI projects is expected to be announced by July.