After years of anticipation, workers are set to begin removing the asbestos inside the Auburn Schine Theater Monday.
The building’s owner, the Cayuga County Arts Council, made the announcement Thursday after City Manager Jeff Dygert spoke about the work at that evening’s Auburn City Council meeting. Dygert said it will require closure of the sidewalk in front of the South Street theater, as well as some nearby parking spots. The work is expected to continue through the end of January.
The arts council is partnering with Bowers Development, of Syracuse, in the theater renovation project. Bowers awarded the asbestos contract to Sessler Environmental Services, of Rochester.
Friday, Bowers Vice President Eric Smithers said Sessler’s work will entail some shoring up of the 1938 art deco structure to ensure the safety of its crew, then removing all asbestos, mold and lead paint inside. According to Sessler’s building occupancy notification, the Schine’s floor tile and mastic, spackle and plaster, piping and roofing contain the hazardous materials.