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Iconic Auburn diner set to be relocated amid safety concerns

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The famed Hunter Dinerant, a staple of downtown Auburn since 1951 and overlooking the Owasco River, is gearing up for a move due to concerns about its current location’s safety.

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The city of Auburn, which became the diner’s new owner through a tax foreclosure in May, has indicated that the establishment needs to be relocated because of the potential risk it poses in the event of a dam breach upstream.

A breach of the Mill Street Dam could endanger lives if anyone were inside the diner during such an event.

“There would be a very limited time between the dam breaking and that wave hitting the diner,” Seth Jensen, Auburn’s Director of Municipal Utilities, told The Auburn Citizen.

Officials believe relocating the diner could mitigate this hazard and save the city significant money on reviews over the next decade.

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