AUBURN — Thirteen downtown Auburn projects were announced as winners Tuesday of the state’s $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant — a program designed to boost downtown development.

A year ago, Gov. Andrew Cuomo came to Auburn to announce the city as the 2018 central New York winner of the grant. Tuesday was Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul’s turn to stop by “History’s Hometown,” as she announced each winning project at Auburn Public Theater.

Through months of meetings and public workshops, an initial list of 29 projects seeking a portion of the $10 million pot was narrowed down to 18 by the DRI Local Planning Committee. In March, that list was sent to the state to further trim the number of grant contenders.

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