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Downtown Revitalization Initiative


October 6, 2017
Michael D. Quill


City of Auburn, New York

Mayor Michael D. Quill’s complete statement on Governor Cuomo’s 2017 Central New York Downtown Revitalization Initiative announcement:

“The Governor is to be credited for prioritizing revitalization of downtowns throughout upstate.  I am certain the Governor will not just walk away from the opportunity to create the over 500 new and construction jobs our 2017 Downtown Revitalization Initiative plan will create and I will be asking him to do as much as he can to assist us to move our downtown projects forward as fast as possible. We congratulate the City of Cortland and look forward to working with the Governor to move forward the downtown development projects we have here in Auburn.  With many years of significant positive growth our downtown is in a position of strength.  I want to thank the downtown small business owners, project developers, the Auburn BID, our State legislative representatives, our local and regional trade unions, and especially our City staff for assembling a dynamic 2017 DRI plan for our downtown and I encourage everyone not to be discouraged by the Governor’s decision.  We will continue to work together to move our downtown forward.”  -Mayor Michael D. Quill

Over 500 new and construction jobs would have moved full speed ahead in Downtown Auburn had the City received Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2017 $10 million Downtown Revitalization award, instead the City will continue efforts to work with small business owners and project developers on alternative methods to move the projects forward.

Many of the projects contained in the City of Auburn’s 2017 DRI have also submitted grant applications in the State’s 2017 Consolidated Funding Application process.  The following City of Auburn 2017 Downtown Revitalization Initiative Program projects also have applied for programs as part of the 2017 NYS Consolidated Funding Application process:

•             Auburn Public Theater (NYSCA- Workforce Investment & Facilities)- Facilities Improvements.   The Auburn Public Theater will be submitting a grant proposal to the NYSCA Workforce Investment, Round 7 for additional staff support for the theater, as well as, a grant proposal to the NYSCA Arts & Cultural Facilities Improvement Program for the renovation of the theater’s basement and street level space to create a café and additional program and event space.

•             City of Auburn, Local Waterfront Revitalization Program- Riverside Regional Public Market.  The City of Auburn is requesting funding assistance from the NYS Environmental Protection Fund Local Waterfront Revitalization Program for the design of a Regional Public Market along the Owasco River in the Market Street and Loop Road block of downtown.

•             Prison City Brewing Expansion.  Prison City Brewing will be submitting a grant proposal for Empire State Development Grant Funds in order to add a second location with larger brewery space to increase production, including a tasting room, retail area, event space and canning line to create a tourism destination and allow the sale of Auburn produced beers throughout the region and state.

•             Renovation of the Schines Theater into the Auburn Civic Theater.  Schines Theater, LLC  will be submitting a grant proposal for Empire State Development Grant Funds in order to create a multi-use facility for concerts, entertainment, theater productions, movies, events, banquets and gatherings

•             Cayuga Museum* (Environmental Protection Fund)- Stabilization of the Case Research Laboratory.  The Cayuga Museum submitted a proposal for a historic preservation planning grant for the stabilization of the Case Research Laboratory.  The stabilization of the Case Research Laboratory will allow the museum to preserve one of Auburn’s most significant historical treasures and increase its capacity to develop new programs aimed at increasing cultural tourism in our city and region.

For more information about the City of Auburn's 2017 Downtown Revitalization Initiative Plan, scroll through the bottom of this page...

August 3, 2017
Auburn's Prison City Brewing wins two Gold Medals as part of Governor Cuomo's inaugural Taste NY Governor's Cup Craft Beer Competition.  A major expansion of the brewery in downtown Auburn is part of the City's 2017 Downtown Revitalization Initiative plan.

June 15, 2017
Statement by Mayor Michael D. Quill on the City of Auburn's 2017 Downtown Revitalization Grant application:

Our 2017 NYS Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) application outlines a plan of private and public sector investment in our Downtown that will create over 528 jobs for our City and our region.

This 2017 DRI  plan received a significant amount of public input.  We conducted an intense public campaign to ask the people for their ideas and you all responded. Thank you to everyone that attended a public meeting, sent in your ideas by email or filled out a comment card.  This plan was driven by your ideas and the application contains projects that fit within the vision our community identified, outlined within the following five development opportunity areas:
  • Downtown riverfront development.
  • Development of arts and cultural projects downtown.  
  • Support the growing local craft beer industry in downtown.  
  • Retail and housing development of key vacant buildings and underutilized property.  
  • Public good improvements to include: public event space, downtown branding, wayfinding signage, streetscape upgrades, improved storm-water management, transportation enhancements and parking solutions.
I would like to thank the City staff, our Downtown BID, all Downtown stakeholders, businesses, and property owners for all of your work and support for this application and our downtown.  I would especially like to thank all of the project partners that stepped forward in this application with your ideas for investment in the future.

Governor Cuomo has a vision that the State can partner with cities through the Downtown Revitalization Initiative to revitalize the upstate NY economy.  We believe our application will clearly illustrate that we are best prepared to make the Governor’s vision become a reality with a downtown that is transformed economically boosting both our City and our Central New York Region.

Thank you for taking the time to visit this page, I would encourage you to download the 2017 plan and read through all of the progress and hard work that is happening in our downtown.

-Mayor Michael D. Quill

2017 City of Auburn, NYS DRI Application Downloads:

Please note:  all information listed below was used during the public input campaign for the
2017 Downtown Revitalization Initiative.

Re: 2017 Downtown Revitalization initiative

        Notice is hereby given that the City of Auburn has called a Public Meeting to be held on  the 30th day of May, 2017 beginning at  5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. for the purpose of gathering public input on the City of Auburn’s 2017 Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant application.
        This Public Meeting will be held at the Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange Street, Auburn, NY 13021.
        At this meeting City of Auburn staff will provide an overview of the New York State Downtown Revitalization program; review the City’s previous year’s application; and gather public input towards the 2017 program application.

        Now in its second year, the Downtown Revitalization Initiative program is a major initiative introduced by Governor Cuomo which will invest $100 million in ten downtown communities throughout the state.  One community in each region of the State will be awarded a $10 million grant towards downtown revitalization projects.  Auburn is in the Central New York economic development region.

        As the City of Auburn prepares to submit an application for the 2017 program Mayor Quill and members of the City Council are inviting the community to submit ideas and public comments to be considered for the future of downtown Auburn.

Got Ideas?
To provide ideas or comments on the future of Downtown Auburn and the City of Auburn's 2017 Downtown Revitalization Initiative plan visit:  
or submit your comments in writing to Mayor Michael D. Quill, Memorial City Hall, 24 South Street, Auburn, NY  13021.

Year 1 - 2016 - NYS Downtown Revitalization Initiative
Year 2 - 2017 NYS Downtown Revitalization Initiative
May 23, 2017
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