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Auburn downtown projects to be considered by Albany

At the fourth and final Downtown Revitalization Initiative public workshop Wednesday night at the Hilton Garden Inn, the Auburn community had another opportunity to review the program's project proposals before details get wrapped up.

After what seemed like years for some and a breeze for others, Auburn will submit its DRI strategic investment plan to the state at the end of the month.

Plans for the 18 downtown projects requesting DRI support will be delivered to the state on March 29. Selected by the Auburn Local Planning Committee while considering public feedback, the projects are requesting a collective $13.5 million.

Although the LPC was tasked with determining a list of projects that qualify for DRI funding, Albany has the final say on who's in and who's not. The list will be trimmed once more by the state until total DRI support amounts to roughly $10 million. Then, in the summer, those projects will be announced.

As for when funds will be disbursed — that depends on which agency ends up leading a project, said Kimberly Baptiste of Bergmann Associates, the consulting firm hired for the DRI process.

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