So far so good in the stabilization of the Reid & Hughes Building on Main Street in Norwich.

“On Wednesday, a crew of about a dozen men worked on shoveling up debris from the ground floor while another man sprayed water on the floor to keep the excess of dust from floating throughout the air. In some spots of the interior, patches of patterned wallpaper can still be seen, providing a glimpse into the building’s past.

“There are a lot of beautiful features that we want to keep,” Craig Wilbur, senior manager of design and construction at the Women’s Institute said while pointing to the tin ceilings and Victorian styled columns. “We’re keeping the historic fabric in place while trying to keep it from deteriorating until the next phase can begin.””

With this phase of the project hopefully completed by the end of August or early September, planning and permitting for the next phase continues by the coalition of partners including: Crosskey Architects, the Women’s Institute, LaRosa Building Group, Capital for Change, CT Trust for Historic Preservation, Connecticut Main Street Center and Local Initiatives Support Corporation. The ultimate goal being to convert the former department store into 20 units of housing with a ground-level shopping complex.

Read the entire article here:  Reid & Hughes’ resurrection on its way to reality — Norwich Bulletin

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