A year ago this week a Chinese investment company called a news conference to announce big plans to convert a former Auburn shoe factory into a 5-star medical tourism facility.
City, state, and hospital officials praised the project and its potential for economic development. The goal was to open the medical tourism center in 2017, but it appears it will take awhile longer for the project to come to fruition.
Draped over the fence outside the former Lunn and Sweet shoe factory in Auburn, banners display artist depictions of what the future facility might look like. But aside from the banners and some fencing outside, not much else at the site appears to have changed since last year’s announcement by Chinese investment company Miracle Enterprise.
Auburn Mayor Jonathan LaBonte says the press conference may have been a bit premature.
“But word had gotten out that they had acquired the former shoe shop, so a public announcement was put together so people could know what was being proposed,” he says.
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