The stalled effort to restore the Auburn Schine Theater could be jump-started by some city funds the federal government is encouraging Auburn to spend.
An $800,000 grant to the theater, which is owned by the Cayuga County Arts Council, is one of several amendments the city’s Office of Planning and Economic Development has proposed making to its 2016-2017 Community Development Block Grant Action Plan. The money would support surveying and remediating the asbestos inside the 1938 art deco theater by March 2018.
The presence of the carcinogenic substance in the theater has all but stopped its restoration, council members have told The Citizen. They estimate the remediation project will cost about $700,000, making it a pricey but necessary next step in the theater’s 20-year, multimillion-dollar restoration.