The Norwich Historical Society is concerned about the potential development of 61-65 Town Street in Norwich.
NHS has very serious concerns about any development of this extremely sensitive site mainly due to its location adjoining the Norwichtown Historic District and the historic Norwichtown Burying Ground. The Burying Ground was established in 1699 and is arguably the most significant historic resource in Norwich. The Norwichtown Historic District is also a very significant historic resource in Norwich, containing well preserved architecture from the 17thCentury through the 20th Century.
Four other groups share our concerns: the Norwich Historic District Commission, the Society of the Founders of Norwich, the Lowthorpe Meadows Association, and area residents.
There may be a public hearing scheduled with the Commission on the City Plan or the Zoning Board of Appeals sometime in the near future.
If you’re concerned about this development, the Historical Society will keep members updated about a meeting time and date when it becomes available. Please visit our website at www.norwichhistoricalsociety.org for updates about scheduled meetings.
The residents and property owners of the Norwichtown Historic District are concerned about how future development on Town Street may affect the historical integrity and the quality of life of the neighborhood.
The Norwichtown Historic District and the Norwichtown Burying Ground are important historic assets which must be protected. We request that the Norwich City Council consider amending the zoning regulations to encourage compatible development and support historic preservation in this historic district.
We request that the City Council:
1- Amend zoning regulations to include site plan review for buildings less than 10,000 sq.ft. within and close to the historic district.
2- Adopt Village District regulations for the Norwichtown Historic District.
3- Consider additional regulation changes in order to protect the distinctive character and physical integrity of this historic neighborhood.