NORWICH Ė For years, a three-phase plan has been in the works to relocate the Chenango County Historianís office and archives, along with Chenango County Historical Society archives, from the basement of the current building to the newly-developed James S. Flanagan History Research Center at 43 Rexford Street.
The construction of the research center (phase I) and relocation of county and CCHS archives (phase II) will free up space to make interior renovations at the museum on the corner of Rexford and Silver Streets (phase III). The research center is 99 percent complete, said CCHS Director Alan Estus. A handicap accessible ramp is all thatís needed to obtain a certificate of occupancy. When the ramp is built, the county historian will move in.
The centerís also missing an elevator, which will be installed later. Financial setbacks are keeping an elevator out for now, estimated to cost between $50,000 and $80,000.
In a CCHS newsletter, Estus noted that money wasnít available for this part of the project when it began.