With help from Auburn area and Jim Kelly, Gavras Center advances $1.5M capital project

More than one year after receiving a state grant to support what was then an $880,000 expansion, the E. John Gavras Center is advancing a much larger capital project that will provide a new look to the facility's exterior and increase its student capacity.

The $1.5 million project will include elements of the initial plan — improving classrooms, replacing the 30-year-old playground and updating equipment. But the capital campaign will also involve upgrading the center's appearance and branding.

Plans for the capital campaign began after the Gavras Center received a $176,249 grant from the state in 2016. The center applied for funding through the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council, which endorsed the proposal as one of its priority projects.

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