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Auburn committee pushes on in selection of downtown projects

After some difficult decision-making, the Auburn Local Planning Committee narrowed its list of downtown-area projects seeking funds through the state-led Downtown Revitalization Initiative.

By the end of Tuesday's meeting, the LPC identified 18 prioritized projects to be considered for DRI funding. The total costs for projects now sits at just over $13.5 million.

Before Tuesday, all project proposals were categorized into three lists: prioritized projects, pipeline projects and the "parking lot." Prioritized projects have been identified by the LPC as ones that will be suggested to the state. Although they're locally prioritized, some of them might not make Albany's final cut.



Pipeline projects are ideas that have been labeled as important for Auburn, but in the eyes of the LPC, DRI funding wasn't feasible. Nonetheless, pipeline projects are still put on the state's radar in case extra funding comes about.

The LPC's parking lot was a list of projects that hadn't been determined as priorities or pipelines yet. After Tuesday, two of the seven parking lot projects were granted prioritized status. The other five were named pipelines, eliminating the parking lot.

The formerly parked projects, Health Central's proposal to provide health services for women and a proposal to rehabilitate building space at 22 E. Genesee St., will join the rest of the 16 prioritized projects.

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