Construction continues in Norwich’s ‘Museum Quarter’

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NORWICH, NY (WBNG) — Between North Broad and Silver streets in the city of Norwich is a row of buildings. Better known to those who live in the area as the ‘Museum Quarter’. The street filled with historical and educational buildings includes the Chenango Historical Society, a Die-Cast Car Museum, a Model Train Museum, and the iconic Northeast Classic Car Museum. The area is undergoing a $1 million upgrade since 2021.

Mayor Brian Doliver says that with the help of many organizations and the city’s DPW, they were able to make this possible. “So we would do the sidewalks with our DPW worker so you know how to help with the cost of that and we’ve also covered the cost of the lights so we’re already doing LED lights in our downtown area and we would take also that above seems like a no-brainer that we would do that”.

Funding came from organizations such as Norwich Building Tomorrow and the Curb Appeal Program. The project was directed and supervised by the Friends of the Museum district committee. Doliver says that by investing in tourist areas of the city, it will in turn help those who live there.

“I mean the trickle down effect, it goes into our economy, it helps. It goes all the way to the waiter you know, the bartender; everyone sees the difference and I think we want to continue to promote this tourism”.

Doliver says projects like this, and the future DRI are what keep Norwich going. He says it could not be done. however, without the help and support of community members. “Like all cities, we are evolving. We are so lucky to have people in our community supporting this project because there are a lot of volunteers out there, and we are very lucky to have those people. Without it, it would be much harder for us to do these things.”

Michael O’Reilly is one of the owners of Principle Design and Engineering, he is currently working on renovations to the Northeast Classic Car Museum. He says he is proud to be part of a project that will continue to draw people to the area.

“Yeah, that’s one of the biggest draws we have in the area, it’s good that people are coming to Norwich now and they’re going to see that then what they’ve potentially seen before.”

The project began in 2021 and is expected to be completed in the spring.

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