Norwich readies to move forward with Uncas Leap mill deconstruction

The city received three bids this week to deconstruct an 1830 granite mill on the Yantic River as part of a plan to create the Uncas Leap Heritage Park at the historic rocky gorge and waterfall. Wiese Construction of Norwich submitted the low bid of $349,752 for the proposal to remove the roof and upper story of the dilapidated mill building, shore up the exterior first-story walls to create a ruin and stack the granite blocks on site for future use as seating for a proposed amphitheater. The city plans to use part of a $500,000 grant from the state Department of Economic and Community Development to pay for the mill deconstruction. Another small brick mill adjacent to the granite building was demolished earlier in the park project, also by Wiese Construction.

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