NORWICH – Three properties in the City of Norwich that have been eyesores for many years will soon be removed from the landscape. On Tuesday, the city received notification from Assemblyman Clifford Crouch (R-Guilford) that they would receive $300,000 as part of the Restore New York Grant.
The Restore New York Grant would allow the city to acquire problem properties in the city that could not be repaired. The grant provides funding for the demolition of the homes and for building new homes in their place. The city applied for the grant last year, but was not selected.
“This particular program allows the city to improve its downtown area,” Crouch said, “by upgrading older buildings, or in this case demolishing buildings that no longer serve a purpose. At the same time, building housing for residential use will create an influx of people to downtown areas, ensuring continued vitality in the business district.”
The grant application included plans for three city-owned properties. A property located at 23 Grove Ave., which Mayor Joseph Maiurano said has been boarded up for nearly 30 years, and a trailer located at 7 Waite St. will be demolished as part of the program. Stick-built or modular homes, keeping with the architecture of the area, will replace the structures. In addition, a burned-out property located at 52 Fair St. will also be demolished. Instead of building a new residence on that site, the city has entered into negotiations with the Chenango Valley Home and Apartments to move a house there that’s currently located on Canasawacta Street.
The house, which is known as the Rice House, is located on property owned by the Chenango Valley Home, and if it is not moved, it would most likely be demolished for future expansion...