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Cayuga Community College to Possibly Open a Culinary Center in Auburn’s Plaza of the Arts


Cayuga Community College (CCC), a two-year college in the State University of New York system is in negotiations to use the Plaza of the Arts in Auburn for its planned culinary center.

CCC previously looked at several other possible locations for the center before selecting the plaza as its preferred location.

The implementation of a culinary center was a part of the city’s proposal for the 2018 Downtown Revitalization Initiative which states that a center would include a commercial kitchen, a small restaurant for instructing students, a wine and beer education center, faculty offices and a bake shop and space for classrooms, according to

In addition, the proposal states the center would be available beginning in fall 2020 in downtown Auburn.

Dan Soules, of Soules & Dunn Development Group and owner of the plaza told the that the negotiations included discussions on how much space Cayuga would receive and what the costs of the space would be. Soules believes there’s a good chance that “this thing will get done.”

The Plaza of the Arts has previously housed many restaurants in recent years, such as Choices for Change and the burger restaurant Patty Shack, which closed its doors in September. This was the fourth restaurant closure in the plaza in less than five years.

The community college received a $10 million grant as part of the initiative by Gov. Andrew Cuomo during an announcement in July at Auburn Public Theater.

Cuomo developed the 2018 Downtown Revitalization Initiative because younger New York residents prefer to live near or in downtown areas because of the close distances to local restaurants, their jobs and the arts scene. Cuomo also expressed his fondness of the city at the July announcement stating that he likes the renovations to the area and believes it’s going through a “renaissance.”

“I love Auburn,” he said. “I hope you don’t take it for granted. It is a jewel. It really is a jewel.”