City of Auburn issues ‘repair or demolish’ order to Schine theater owners, hoping for dialog

The Auburn Schine Theater is one of a few dozen city properties whose owners have recently been issued “repair or demolish” orders, the city’s Code Enforcement Office said.

The full text of the order, which carries the description “determination of unsafe conditions,” says: “This structure has been deemed unsafe due to continuous, unattended vacancy in excess of five years, is considered a nuisance and must be repaired or demolished.”

However, the purpose of the order isn’t as dramatic as its language would suggest.

Jennifer Haines, director of the city’s Office of Planning and Economic Development, said the order is simply meant to start or maintain a dialog with its recipient about their building’s fate. In the case of Schine owners the Cayuga County Arts Council, Haines continued, that dialog is ongoing.

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