AUBURN, N.Y. -- The City of Auburn held a groundbreaking ceremony marking the start of the SE Payne Cornerstone project.
With the $10 million project, the city says it will transform neighborhoods and improve the quality of life for residents. A total of 16 buildings will be rehabilitated, creating 35 apartment units for mostly large families whose income is 60 percent or lower than the area median income. Seven units will also be set aside for people with mobility or hearing impairments.
City officials hope the development project will help bring back residents they lost.
"Many, many folks have moved away from the area years ago and made their living are now moving back and they're looking for homes, better housing stock. They want to come back here to settle once again," said Auburn Mayor Michael Quill.
The development projects are located on James, Orchard, Washington, Benton and Clark streets.