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State of the city: Summer construction projects show Auburn’s progress, improvement

Downtown Auburn will be a hub of construction this summer, as the result of a $25 million investment into public works by the city, accompanied by additional money from private investors.

Auburn City Manager Jeff Dygert joked during the State of Cayuga County and City of Auburn Luncheon held Thursday at the Holiday Inn in Auburn that the city “looks like a construction trade show.”

“That’s the cost of some progress and the cost of a lot of activity happening downtown,” Dygert said.

He and Mayor Michael Quill rattled off a list of downtown projects that are in the works this year, including the Holiday Inn’s $5 million renovation, along with the expansion of Prison City Pub and Brewery, Good Shepherds Brewing Co. and the Auburn Public Theater. A new brewery, Next Chapter Brewpub, is “on the way,” Quill said, and construction of the $10 million Equal Rights Cultural Heritage Center kicked off in February. Work is ongoing at the Auburn Schine Theater to restore the movie palace to its former glory and the first phase of the Owasco River Trail is expected to be completed this summer.

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