N.Y. developer submits plan for 151-room hotel at Hale Mill in Norwich

October 25, 2018

Norwich — A New York developer has submitted plans to convert the granite and brick former Hale Mill in Yantic into a 151-room hotel with several amenities.

Mill Development LLC of Woodside, N.Y., which purchased the mill for 209,000. Eggoman LLC sold the property to Hamo in June.

Hamo said Thursday his hotel plan cannot use much of the previous construction — which included framed hotel rooms with bathrooms partially fitted out in some areas of the building — saying the work is not suitable to the new plan.

Mayor Peter Nystrom said Thursday that city and Norwich Public Utilities officials met with the hotel developer and assisted with the group’s interest in purchasing the building. City officials met with the new owners and explained city utilities and city services.

Nystrom said NPU General Manager John Bilda “was instrumental in making that project go forward.”

NPU spokesman Chris Riley said the Yantic Mill area currently has NPU electricity, water and sewer services, and NPU officials are working with the developer to determine if natural gas makes sense for their project.

“As always, NPU is supportive of any reasonable project, big or small, that will add to the tax base of Norwich,” Riley said.