Building renovation brings new look to Cornell Co-Op

NORWICH – Satisfying federal mandates to make its building more handicap accessible, the Cornell Cooperative Extension is giving a facelift of sorts to the 1960s addition of its Norwich home.

The Cornell Co-op has undertaken a major renovation project in the 50-year-old cinder block part of its building which extends from the rear of the original Victorian style building on North Broad Street.

The 60s wing will receive upgrades that bring it into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and, to the benefit of the Cooperative Extension, make the building more energy efficient.

The Cooperative Extension currently leases the 60s wing to the Chenango County Soil and Water Conservation District, the Farm Service Agency, and the Natural Resources Conservation District – all of which operate under the auspices of the USDA. And since renovations are in order to meet federal requirements for federal offices, the nearly $600,000 project is being paid entirely by federal dollars.

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