Auburn downtown plan loses to Cortland in $10 million state competition

For the second year, Auburn’s efforts to win a state competition for millions of dollars in downtown improvement funding has come up short.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that the city of Cortland has won the 2017 Downtown Revitalization Initiative contest for the central New York region. That city’s winning application will bring $10 million in state funding for a variety of projects aimed at boosting the downtown area.

Auburn has submitted DRI applications in both years — 2016 and 2017 — that the state has held the competition, which chooses one winning municipality in 10 regions around the state. A year ago, the city of Oswego took the central New York prize.

Despite not being chosen again, Auburn Mayor Michael Quill said the city will continue to move forward with its downtown revitalization. He issued a statement Friday morning that also outlined projects that are in the pipeline.

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