Governor Hochul Announces Transformational Projects for Norwich as Part of $10 Million Downtown Revitalization Initiative

December 22, 2022

Nine Downtown Revitalization Projects Enhance Business and Housing Opportunities; Improve Streetscape Walkability and Public Spaces; and Expand Arts and Cultural Amenities

Project Renderings Available Here

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced nine transformational projects in the City of Norwich as part of the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative Award. The Awards will leverage the community's rich historic, cultural and natural resources, attracting residents and visitors to downtown.

"The Downtown Revitalization Initiative aids localities in making strategic investments that allow communities across New York State to flourish," Governor Hochul said. "These projects will assist in transforming Norwich's downtown area and enhance daily life for those who live, work and shop there. It will also provide Norwich with the jumpstart it needs to deliver on job creation and further stimulate the local economy."

The City of Norwich is the major population center in Chenango County and a hub for commerce, education, services and tourism. Norwich's revitalization is focused on adaptive reuse of historic buildings, enhancing the public realm, park spaces and the arts, promoting connectivity and attracting commuters to live and tourists to visit downtown.

The investments are part of the Governor's ongoing efforts to revitalize the economy and create more opportunities within the Southern Tier Region. The DRI is led by the Department of State, which provides technical assistance as each participating community develops a Strategic Investment Plan identifying specific projects with a unique vision for the revitalization of the downtown area.

The specific projects to be funded through the DRI support several goals and strategies contained in the community's Strategic Investment Plan, such as - enhancing business and housing opportunities by redeveloping and repurposing existing buildings; improving streetscape walkability and public spaces; and expanding arts and cultural amenities. The $9.7 million State investment in these projects through the DRI will leverage additional public and private investments as the revitalization process proceeds and builds momentum.

Read the full press release here.