A Come Home to Downtown Community
Norwich was one of two communities chosen to participate in the third year of the successful Come Home to Downtown program (Meriden was the other). This program, which is supported by the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA), aims to strengthen communities by creating specific strategies to redevelop vacant or underutilized buildings into a mix of uses and housing choices.
Norwich has many important opportunities for existing and new residents, including easy access to New London and other coastal communities, while the downtown has many attributes attractive to people interested in living, working and visiting downtown. Redevelopment of the building chosen for the Come Home to Downtown program, 193-201 Main Street (also commonly known as the Reid & Hughes building) for residential use on the upper floors and retail on the street level is critical to jump starting redevelopment of other downtown structures. The building is currently empty and in disrepair and therefore represents a unique challenge to the city and the Come Home to Downtown team.
The Reid & Hughes building received customized technical assistance from CMSC and its team of expert consultants. CMSC worked with municipal officials and the Norwich Community Development Corporation to develop viable redevelopment options including identifying financing opportunities and a recommended floor plan designed to attract new residents and bring market rate housing downtown.
Documents & Others Information
Norwich Final Report – This report offers an in-depth look at the technical assistance provided to 193-201 Main Street through the Come Home to Downtown program. You’ll find extensive information on the redevelopment options provided to the small property owner, an assessment of relevant policies and regulations in Norwich, as well as key findings discerned by the CMSC team as a result of this work.
Norwich Final Report Appendix – This document provides additional information related to the Norwich Final Report.