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Auburn to Hear Court Expansion Plan Update Thursday


Auburn City Council and the public will get an update on the planned expansion of its court system at the historic Post Office and Courthouse.

At Thursday’s city council meeting, TRW Architecture & Preservation is scheduled to give a presentation on its revised plan to improve the space and meet New York State Office of Court Administration requirements. Under the plan, 2,500 sq ft of space, formerly WIC offices, would be used to create an additional city courtroom and support offices. Additional changes include security enhancements.

With an estimated cost of $2.9 million, the plan is for the City of Auburn and Cayuga County to work together toward the project’s completion. The county would spend up to $875,000 for a new HVAC system, hazardous material abatement, restroom renovation, and window restoration.

As the building is owned by the county, which leases the space for city use, both parties will need to update the lease agreement in January. If the County Legislature gives the go-ahead next month, TRW estimates substantial completion of the project in September.

Built in the late 19th century, the historic 157 Genesee Street building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.

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