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What’s the right size for City Hall? How do we pay for it?

From the street, it may seem like there isn’t much happening on the Downtown project. But the team is working every day on things that aren’t so visible. On March 4, 2019 the Mayor and City Council met for an extended work session to hear updates from the team and make some key decisions.

Work Session

Who's on the Downtown Team?

What's the right square footage for City Hall? How will the water and sewer lines get there? Which finance tools fit best in the market today? Working through the long list of such detail is the Downtown Auburn GA team. 


How is Downtown Happening?

The vision for Downtown Auburn includes a new City Hall complex, places for businesses to take root and grow, and new homes for residents to breathe life into the area and help support it all. So how do these things happen? Here’s an overview of what’s been done and what’s coming...

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What if we…How would it look to…Would people like…

Auburn’s vision for the downtown district began to take shape - visually - in a 3-day charrette, August 22-24, 2018. Gathering at TSW Planners, Architects and Landscape Architects headquarters in Atlanta, their professionals worked with engineers, city officials, partners, and citizens to talk through options. Sketches were then created to help illustrate the plan.


Downtown Charrette Photo Gallery

Downtown Auburn's visual image started to emerge during a 3-day charrette in August, 2018. Building on the Market Study, research was presented to help give direction to the plan. After two full days in Atlanta with discussion, drafting and adjustments, the event culminated in a big reveal presentation in Auburn.

Click on the Read More button below to view the Downtown Charrette Photo Gallery.

Alex Mitchem talking through concepts with Mayor Blechinger Chief Hodge Dave Schmit Bill Tunnell

Downtown Market Study

Auburn is a step closer to making its new downtown a reality with the presentation of the Downtown Auburn Real Estate Market Overview & Analysis on August 9, 2018. The report shared local and regional data related to population, housing, employment and other market trends and potential marketplace options for economic development. It will also be a helpful tool in targeting potential investors and businesses.

Among the key findings from the study:

  • Downtown Auburn can expect to absorb an average 25-30 new for-sale units per year
  • Majority of new homes should be priced between $200,000 and $350,000
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Downtown - How to make it great

What makes a great place to live? Similarly to how our opinions of what is beautiful might differ from person to person, what we look for varies. But there are consistent themes.

How do we make sure Downtown Auburn is a great place?

  • Research
  • Planning
  • Dialog
  • Partnerships
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Downtown Auburn - Why change?

So, you heard a new and improved downtown is coming to Auburn. Why? We’ll be talking about lots of reasons in the coming months, but primarily it’s about three things:

  • Growth – preparing for the future
  • Quality of Life – making sure we have the amenities that make the best place to live
  • Preservation – consciously working to keep the character that makes us love our community
Downtown Flower Street