Auburn Fire Hall and Cayuga County Emergency Operations Center unveiled: officials look to the future


A ribbon cut occurred Thursday for the shared $ 10 million public safety building in Auburn. It was funded in part by the city’s $ 10 million downtown revitalization initiative in 2018, the 29,600 square foot building will house the City of Auburn Fire Department and the city center. Cayuga County emergency operations in a shared space that provides emergency responders with modern equipment and equipment.

“All over New York City, we are investing in our communities to ensure they have vibrant downtown areas that meet the needs of residents and visitors,” Governor Hochul said. “Auburn’s new shared public safety building is a win-win solution for everyone, as local emergency responders are now conveniently located in a new, modern facility in the heart of the revitalized downtown area. It’s yet another great example of how our downtown revitalization initiative is bringing success across New York State.

The project received $ 2 million from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Climate Smart Communities grant program and $ 1.2 million from the State Department of State of New York as part of the DRI. The project included the complete renovation of a vacant 17,800 square foot urban shopping center and the addition of a newly constructed 11,800 square foot appliance bay to house appliances for the town’s fire department, the safety equipment, training and medical supplies and modern decontamination areas for firefighters.

The city and county have a joint resolution supporting the County Emergency Operations Center (COU) operating out of the new fire station. The new modern EOC will serve as a public safety classroom for city and county police and emergency management agencies on a daily basis. The EOC can be activated to respond to disasters or public health emergencies.

“This project has lasted for many years and the Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant allowed us to make it happen. With this project, we moved our main fire station, invested in improved emergency management systems and revitalized a neighborhood on the northern edge of our downtown. We thank Governor Hochul for all of his support for the Downtown Revitalization Initiative over the years and for ensuring that the economic development of northern towns like Auburn is at the top of his list of priorities, ”said Mayor Michael Quill.

Auburn’s Strategic Investment Plan guides revitalization projects to advance the community’s vision for its downtown core and to leverage and expand the state’s $ 10 million investment. The DRI investment area is concentrated along the city’s riverside, transportation corridors and arts district, which offer the greatest potential for revitalizing vacant properties and improving corridors. The City seeks to maintain the momentum of recent development by repairing a historic downtown damaged by urban renewal and revitalizing brownfields and vacant waterfront properties. To leverage DRI funds, city leaders have launched a “#This Place Matters” campaign to leverage $ 40 million in public-private funds to invest in the downtown area.

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