Adjacent to Auburn University’s campus, Downtown Auburn has been an anchor for the City and the University for decades. Downtown events, businesses, retail stores, restaurants and churches make downtown Auburn the center of University and City life. In recent years, through the citizen survey, Auburn residents have identified the need for downtown improvements including increased parking, improved maintenance and more outdoor dining venues. In 2012, Auburn residents approved a downtown improvements project that includes the Gay Street parking lot, currently nearing completion. In May, the Auburn City Council approved funding for a Downtown Master Plan aimed at improving downtown to meet the future needs of citizens and visitors. Auburn’s Downtown Master Plan aims to expand the current urban core southward and westward and develop a unified vision that serves all Auburn residents.