New sign going up for Chamber of Commerce

Project spearheaded by Leadership Auburn class
By: Gloria Young Journal Staff Writer
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The Auburn Chamber of Commerce is getting a new sign, thanks to be efforts of this year’s Leadership Auburn class. “We wanted to do something for the chamber and they said they would like to have a nice historical-looking sign at the top of Elm Avenue,” said Teresa Kenworthy, owner of Kenworthy Court Reporting, who’s heading the fundraising committee for the project. To raise the estimated $5,000 price tag, the class is selling commemorative bricks at $50 each to be engraved with the names of donors and donor businesses. “We need to sell about 100 bricks, but if we sell more, that money will go toward another project,” Kenworthy said, adding that she’s sold six so far. The bricks will go into continuation of the walkway around the former railroad depot that now houses the chamber. The walkway, started in 1989, is about half completed. “We’re hopeful this will finish the job,” Bruce Cosgrove, chamber executive director, said. “It could take two or three more years.” The monument sign will include the date the chamber was established — 1906 — and will be located at the intersection of Elm and Lincoln Way, so it can be clearly viewed several streets away. “It is envisioned to be constructed of large timbers similar to what the railroad would have used, so it fits with the historical nature of the building and complements the overall Streetscape concept the city of Auburn is (creating),” Cosgrove said. “It will be nicely landscaped. It will be lit at night. It will have boulders around it — natural rock from the area.” Auburn Architect Ron Lichau and landscape architect Jeff Ambrosia of Yamasaki Landscape Architecture, both part of the leadership class, have taken on lead roles for the project. “It is fortunate that our leadership class of 2010 has a building architect in the class as well as a landscape architect and a commercial electrician,” Cosgrove said. “All of that knowledge and expertise is helping the class to design, construct and then landscape this project. It all came together.” Currently the design is going through the permitting process with the city. “We wanted to keep in theme with the chamber and wanted to get the size right so at the intersections below you could see it — not too big and not too small,” Lichau said. The chamber has wanted to add a sign since moving to the depot. We’re delighted with it,” Cosgrove said. “It’s going to be nice to have the intersection beautified and to finally have a permanent sign for the Chamber of Commerce.” Kenworthy hopes the community will embrace the project. “We’d like to get some of the materials donated from local companies,” she said. Residents interested in purchasing an engraved brick can call mail or fax the Auburn chamber to place their order. Gloria Young can be reached at ------------ What: Commemorative bricks Cost: $50 each — engraving can include three lines of 15 characters/spaces To purchase and for more information: Call the Auburn Chamber of Commerce at (530) 885-5616, fax (530) 885-5854 or mail to Auburn Chamber of Commerce, 601 Lincoln Way, Auburn, CA 95603