Developers Who Transformed Old Norwich School Want To Help The Community

By: Tyler Murphy

Developers who transformed old Norwich school want to help the community Ward 5 Alderman David Zieno, Norwich Mayor Christine Carnrike, Principal Engineering and Design Owners Michael O’Reilly, George Laiskos, and Dan O’Reilly, along with Gabby Blenis, Carolyn O’Reilly, Liam O’Reilly, and Giuliana O’Reilly at the grand opening of the new apartment building at 125 East Main Street. (Frank Speziale photo)

NORWICH – Two local developers who have helped make several improvements in the surrounding area recently renovated an old school building in Norwich and turned it into working class apartments.

The old ward school at 125 East Main Street is now home to several working class professionals in newly renovated apartments. The transition and long-term investment needed to make that change one worth making represents the company’s dedication to the local community.

The building had been unused for many years. Engineers Mike and Dan O’Reilly, both of Norwich, have become experts at overcoming the sometimes monumental task of overhauling these unused buildings, repurposing them, getting through state regulations and local administration, and turning a vacant property into a profitable one.

The brothers created a modern apartment building, dubbed Studios East, with 10 to 12 units.

It also adds to local tax rolls and improves the overall quality of life for the area – two things the O’Reilly brother say are very important to them.

“We live here. When we talk about quality of life, we are talking about our lives too. We want our community to improve, and as a business we should be able to succeed while doing that,” said Mike.

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