Not ‘just some old building’: Auburn’s Osborne Library could face demolition if not repaired

A library that was once part of one of Auburn's most well-known families' home has been sitting vacant for over 20 years and although plans to save the historic building have been proposed in the past, none have come to fruition. Now, the library that was once home to Thomas Mott Osborne and his family is in danger of being demolished.

The Osborne Library, which was built in 1910 and is located at 3 Fitch Ave., was added to the Auburn Fire Department's vacant building registry in 2017. A large white X on a red background is posted on two of the library's doors, signaling the structure has significant safety concerns. On Jan. 31, the city of Auburn's code enforcement department placed a demolish or repair order on the building, indicating the property owner — the Osborne Center for Social Justice — had 30 days to bring the building up to code, "as is reasonable." However, it is going to take longer than 30 days, and possibly millions of dollars, to restore the building to its former glory.

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