Wednesday, November 29, 2023
AUBURN, Ind. – The east and west gateways to Auburn’s historic downtown will be in bloom with new foliage during the spring and summer of 2024 after the planting of 126 new trees along the corridor.
Forty new trees were planted between Depot Street and Van Buren Street as part of the Seventh Street streetscape project, which was completed in August.
Another 86 trees were recently planted on the north and south side of east Seventh Street between Wilson and Dewey streets.
The 86 trees were part of 126 new trees, which were approved for purchase by the Auburn Board of Works and Public Safety at its Oct. 3, 2023 meeting. The contract to purchase the trees was awarded to Summers Landscaping at a cost of $67,000.17.
The Auburn Tree Commission put forth $50,000 toward the project with the Auburn Street Department picking up the remaining tab. The remaining 40 trees will be planted throughout the city in areas to be determined.
The streetscape work goes hand-in-hand with what Mayor Mike Ley believes is the greatest period of development in the city’s history, especially on the commercial side.
The City has been a designated Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for the past 30 years.