The Auburn Local Planning Committee rolled up its sleeves Tuesday as it trimmed a preliminary list of downtown projects being considered for state funding.
The goal of Tuesday's meeting was to begin eliminating some of the 29 Downtown Revitalization Initiative proposals. Having met this goal, the LPC now estimates the total cost of all projects to fall between $13 million and $15 million. This number needs to be further reduced to $10 million when the LPC drafts its final investment plan for the state in March.
At earlier meetings, members of the LPC and the public were given stacks of "DRI bucks" that represented the program's actual funds. They then dropped the bucks into jars that represented the project proposals whose funding they supported.
The exercise's results found 11 highly supported project proposals that together amount to $7.8 million. The exercise also determined 11 moderately supported projects and seven projects that received limited or no support.
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