Reviving a Historic Downtown District

Mercantile Exchange


Historic architecture, restaurants and a beautiful waterfront are among the many assets of the downtown district of Norwich, CT. Located in southeastern Connecticut, the City of Norwich is a 350-year-old community with a history that predates the founding of the nation.  Offering an urban living environment, Norwich residents also enjoy a rural and small-town feel.

Despite its rich history and diverse offerings, Downtown Norwich could well have become another abandoned mill town had merchants, residents and the city’s community development agency not banded together to produce a downtown plan and begin implementing that plan.

The Downtown Norwich Revitalization program was designed to bring economic vitality to the downtown by drawing thousands of people to the downtown and creating usable space in buildings that were not code compliant or market ready.

The Mercantile Exchange was part of the urban redevelopment effort. The completed project has 109,000 gross square feet, including 80,000 square feet of rentable Class A office space, 9,000 square feet of street-level retail space, and parking for 37 cars. Approximately 300 people work in the office building. BVH also designed tenant improvements for 25,000 SF of creative arts and audio/video production spaces in the new development.


JCJ Architecture

Size / Cost

82,800 SF / $14.5 million


CREW CT – The Real Estate Exchange, Mixed-Use Award, 2005


electrical, mechanical