City continues progress on downtown revitalization project

NORWICH – The City of Norwich is moving forward on a largescale project to revitalize an historic part of downtown.

Plans to rejuvenate a part of the city known as the Heritage Block have been underway since 2013. The Heritage Block project is an initiative to assist private developers in the restoration of run-down properties at 42 and 44-46 North Broad St., and 15 and 17-19 Lackawanna Ave. The project also includes design and renovation of the parking lot shared by said properties as well as other properties at 8-12 Mechanic St. and 38-40 N. Broad St.

Last week, the Norwich Common Council moved to use state grant funds from multiple sources to pay administration fees to Shelter Planning and Development, Inc., a community development service based in Queensbury, NY. The agency was contracted by city officials in 2014 to apply for a series state grants which were awarded to the city late last year.

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