On March 12, 2009, the Town of Preston purchased 390 acres of the abandoned Norwich State Hospital property, renamed Preston Riverwalk (hereafter referred to as the Site), from the State of Connecticut. This riverfront campus offers a stunning overlook of the Thames River with long views to Long Island Sound. More than half the property is undeveloped and a pristine forested hillside surrounds a former reservoir.
The Preston Redevelopment Agency (PRA), on behalf of the Town of Preston, is charged with the responsibility to manage and oversee the development of Preston Riverwalk in order to expedite development proposals and bring them to positive fruition. The PRA has engaged appropriate Town, State, and Federal Agencies to join together and offer assistance in remediating, renovating, and redeveloping this valuable asset.
This Conceptual Management Plan (CMP) (PDF) version 14-Amended, dated April 2010 for the Redevelopment of Preston Riverwalk serves as the comprehensive document that satisfies Connecticut Statutory requirements and maximizes the Town’s ability to achieve the successful development of Preston Riverwalk.
A substantial number of full size documents and maps may be electronically available by contacting the PRA. Distribution is limited for reasons of site security and protection of archaeological preserves. Copies are viewable at Preston Town Hall by request.