A ribbon-cutting was held Thursday for the $10 million shared public safety building in Auburn. It was funded in part through the city’s $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative in 2018, the 29,600 sq. ft. building will house the City of Auburn Fire Department and the Cayuga County Emergency Operations Center in a shared space that provides emergency responders with modern amenities and equipment.
“Across New York, we are investing in our communities to ensure they have vibrant downtowns that serve the needs of residents and visitors,” Governor Hochul said. “Auburn’s new shared public safety building is a win-win for all as the local emergency responders are now conveniently located in a new, modern facility in the heart of the revitalized downtown. This is yet another great example of how our Downtown Revitalization Initiative provides access to success across New York State.”
The project received $2 million from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) Climate Smart Communities Grant Program and $1.2 million from the New York State Department of State as part of the DRI. The project included fully renovating a 17,800 sq. ft. vacant urban strip mall and adding a newly constructed 11,800 sq. ft. apparatus bay to house City Fire Department apparatus, safety equipment, training and medical supplies and modern decontamination areas for firefighters.
The City and County have a joint resolution supporting the County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) operating out of the new Fire Station. The new modern EOC will serve as a public safety classroom for city and county police and emergency management agencies on a day-to-day basis. The EOC can be activated to respond to disasters or public health emergencies.
“This project has been many, many years in the making and the Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant allowed us to make it happen. With this project we have moved our main fire station, invested in improved emergency management systems and revitalized a neighborhood on our downtown’s northern edge. We thank Governor Hochul for all of her support of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative over the years and for making sure that economic development for upstate cities such as Auburn are at the top of her priority list,” Mayor Michael Quill said.
The Auburn Strategic Investment Plan is guiding revitalization projects to advance the community’s vision for its downtown and to leverage and expand upon the state’s $10 million investment. The DRI investment area is focused along the City’s riverfront, transportation corridors and arts district, which provide the greatest potential for vacant property revitalization and corridor enhancement. The City is seeking to keep the momentum of recent development going by mending a historic downtown damaged by urban renewal and revitalizing vacant brownfield and riverfront properties. To leverage DRI funds, City leadership has embraced a “#This Place Matters” campaign to achieve $40 million of public-private funds to invest in downtown.
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