NORWICH – After more than eight years of planning and pushing, bids for construction on the Brown Avenue Housing Project have been accepted and work may finally get underway.
The Norwich Housing Authority recently accepted a bid from Richard W. Wakeman, a Sidney-based contractor, to build the first of six duplex structures. The Brown Ave. plan calls for the construction of 12 housing units, two per structure, at the former site of the Brown Avenue Bowling Alley. The units will be geared toward seniors. Each unit will be approximately 1,000 to 1,100 square feet, have two bedrooms built on a single story and be handicap accessible.
According to Judy Wingate-Wade, executive director of the Norwich Housing Authority, one of the reasons the project has taken so long is because of the cost of construction. “Our intent has always been to make the houses affordable. This is the third round of bidding, because we were trying to find ways to get the costs down,” Wingate-Wade said. However, after three rounds of bidding and little change in costs, Wingate-Wade said this time, the bid has been accepted. “This time we feel we need to get the ball rolling,” she said.