Non-Profit Excited That by Using a Host of Grants and Credits, Norway Retail Stores Will Soon Be Renovated and Vacant Instead of Just Vacant


norway-opera-houseNORWAY — Five newly renovated retail spaces on the first floor of the historic Norway Opera House on Main Street will be ready to rent by November 1, say Norway Opera House Corporation (NOHC) board members. NOHC is the non-profit behind the renovation.  Scott Berk, a NOHC board member and owner of Café Nomad, also on Main Street, thinks the fact that the project is actually moving forward after years of hard work is “thrilling.” “It’s been listed as one of the more important historic buildings in Maine; it’s been in serious disrepair for a lot of years, so this is a pretty exciting thing,” Berk says. “The plans are done, the architect is ready to go. We’re going to put this out to bid and this is going to actually happen. For Main Street, this is huge.” NOHC will award a bid to complete the interior renovations within the next three weeks. Four companies have have been pre-approved for the contract. According to NOHC President Dennis Gray, the project needs to be completed by October for the group to include the renovation cost in the federal and state tax credits the building receives. (read more at the Advertiser Democrat)