City seeks to preserve historic downtown

NORWICH – City of Norwich officials are working in conjunction with museum directors and engineers in hopes of embellishing some of the city's most historic sites.

City Mayor Joseph Maiurano on Monday met with administrators of the Chenango County Historical Society and Northeast Classic Car Museum to discuss strategies that could improve the city's museum district, a designated area that spans one-tenth of a mile from the railroad crossing on Rexford Street to the intersection of Rexford and Silver streets.

The Chazen Companies, an engineering firm based in the City of Troy, was recently contracted with by the Norwich Common Council to develop a planning report of the museum district. The $7,247 contract, paid for by a $90,000 NY Brownfield Opportunity Areas program grant awarded to the city in October, will provide city officials with preliminary designs and cost estimates of a project.

Despite the area’s long standing as a museum district, officials say there's little streetscape appeal to lure in visitors. The benefit of close collaboration, they argue, is the ability to change for the good of the museum district and for the city as a whole.

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