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Norwich receives 3 bids for Reid & Hughes building

By Claire Bessette

Publication: theday.com

Published January 10. 2014 4:00PM   Updated January 10. 2014 4:35PM

Norwich – The city received three development proposals for the former Reid & Hughes Building on Main Street, all for mixed commercial and residential projects, including one project from the Norwich Heritage Trust, headed by City Historian Dale Plummer.

Officials at the Norwich Community Development Corp. opened the three bids at the 4 p.m. deadline. A review committee will examine the bids starting next week and decide which firms should be interviewed. The group hopes to make a recommendation to the City Council by mid-February, said NCDC Vice President Jason Vincent.

POKO Partners LLC – the New York firm that had proposed a stalled major renovation of the decaying Capehart Mill in Greeneville – proposed an $8.4 million project that would encompass surrounding properties with a 113 total apartment units and about 25,000 square feet of commercial space.

Norwich Heritage Trust in partnership with Carter Realty of Hartford proposed renovating the former retail store into 17 housing units and 1,600 square feet of retail space.

Williamson County Investments Corp. of Austin, Texas, also proposed a $6.8 million plan for 21 housing units and 8,500 square feet of retail space.

NCDC President Robert Mills said he was pleased with the responses to the advertisement for proposals. The city has tried several times unsuccessfully over the past decade to find a developer to take on the long-vacant building with roof leaks and interior damage cause by the water.

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