UPDATE 1:00 PM
The City of Auburn on Wednesday afternoon released a statement saying construction of the Equal Rights Heritage Center will continue for the next two weeks and a mid-November opening is expected.
“We are almost complete but a couple more weeks are needed,” said Mayor Michael Quill, “We thank all of our construction partners for getting this project to where it is and we look forward to be able to open soon.”
Finishing touches to the building and project site will include the installation of a new statue of Harriet Tubman that will be placed in the courtyard area on the east side of the site.
According to the statement, road and sidewalk installation will also continue on Lincoln Street until mid-November. During construction the street will serve as the entrance to the downtown parking garage only. Due to the road construction the upper levels of the City of Auburn Downtown Parking Garage will continue to offer free unlimited parking until November 30.
The planned October opening for the Equal Rights Heritage Center in downtown Auburn will not happen.
City Manager Jeff Dygert said on Wednesday’s Finger Lakes Morning News there is still some finishing touches being put on the center.
He added that once the center is open, it will bring a lot of visitors to the city.
While the opening date for the center has not been determined, it is expected that Lincoln Street in front of the center will be fully reopened next week.