About Us

WELCOME TO THE EATON CENTER

Your 21st Century Business Village. Looking for an opportunity? We offer very aggressive commissions and we welcome all inquiries. We work with small, medium, and large-sized businesses to help them either get started or expand into new territories.

Where you are headquartered says a lot about how your business perceives itself. Are you making the right statement about your company? If you are looking for a great area to expand your portfolio into, our commercial real estate deserves some serious consideration. Find out more about the opportunities we offer.

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COMMUNITY FOCUSED

Getting things done through collaborative organization within the community.

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AFFORDABLE LEASING

First class office space to suit your business at affordable rates. Rapid occupancy available.

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24 HOUR ACCESS

Authorized access to general areas and secured designated spaces are available 24/7.

The Eaton Center has been through many changes since the late 1800s, when a piano fortes manufacturer stood on this site.

Today, The Eaton Center is poised to enter yet a new era. With a long history as an economic hub in Norwich, NY, The Eaton Center is the perfect place to relocate a business or medical practice or to start a new venture.

With offices as small as 200-square feet or as large as 10,000-square feet, The Eaton Center has spaces to fit every need in one convenient location. Existing tenants include an array of physicians, dentists, professional service providers as well as a café, fitness center and other businesses that make The Eaton Center an attractive place to work.

 

 

Historic Timeline

1900

1900

The Norwich Pharmacal Co. moved into this abandoned building. This was the headquarters for the company until 1990’s. This same year building #1 was built.

1904

May 26, 1904

A major fire destroys a large part of two Hayes & Rider wooden buildings which were on the site originally causing $40,000 – $50,000 in damages. Rebuilding began almost immediately.

1905

1905

Plant consisted of three buildings: Buildings #2 and #3, and an office building and several warehouses.

1913

1913

Building erected for manufacturing aloin, podophyllin, and other extracts and oleoresins.

1916

1916

A new warehouse and a 5 story extract building were built.

1919

1919

Another warehouse was constructed.

1920

1920-1929

Buildings constructed: #21 receiving, #28 carpenter shop on Elm Street, #27 legal on Eaton Ave.

1928

1928

New administration building #27 was completed.

1932

1932

New storage building was completed.

1938

Dec 1938

Piano Street was renamed Eaton Avenue by Norwich Common Council (new law required use of street address on every package) renamed to honor the Eaton Family.

1946

1946

Construction begins on additional production building #30 and modern office building #31. Building #1 was removed entirely and 21 feet off the east end of building #2.

1948

1948

Construction of buildings #30 & 31 were complete.

1951

1951

A “Sterile” plant is built along Elm Street.

1961

1961

The Eaton Avenue complex of buildings at it’s peak. In subsequent years, all major building projects took place either at Woods Corners or North Norwich.

1983

1983

Renovation began of several buildings at Eaton Avenue.

1986

1986

Sales training room in the basement of building #27 was completely overhauled and refurbished.

1987

1987

Renovation of the fifth floor of building 5 for ITQ (Implementing Total Quality) & Human Resources Dept. for future training needs.

1989

1989

Building #52 opened as a Personal Computer Training Center and building #61 was raised.

1993

1993

P&G announce the closing of Eaton Avenue Facility due to consolidation and organizational restructuring.

1994

1994

A special task force was formed to find a use for the building and turn it into a community asset.

1995

1995

Procter & Gamble donated what was to become known as The Eaton Center to the Chenango County Area Corporation (CCAC). This gift was to provide greater economic opportunities for the purpose of attracting new businesses to the Chenango County region and to help replace employment opportunities in Chenango County in the wake of P&G and other corporate downsizings that occurred in the late 1980’s. Procter & Gamble did this as part of their commitment to the greater Norwich area and their belief in the people of the region. At a press conference on January 11, 1995 The Eaton Avenue task Force announced its recommendation for the transition of ownership to the Chenango County Area Corporation. Under these guide lines the CCAC decided, with Procter & Gambles endorsement to transform the facility into an entrepreneurial incubator. The name was changed to The Eaton Center with the commitment to foster new and growing business’s in Chenango County.

1995

May 1995

Del Webster was hired as The Eaton Center Director, to build a facilities management team that would maintain the facility and renovate it to accommodate the needs of a growing multi-tenant entrepreneurial community. Webster was guided by volunteer leaders from the CCAC Board of Directors. John Huhtala, a former P&GP executive and president of the CCAC Board served as The Eaton Center Executive Director until mid-1998 and is credited, among others, with providing the vision and leadership necessary for The Eaton Center’s early success and growth.

1996

1996

There was a $650,000 building enhancement project. This project was to change the appearance of The Eaton Center from a factory setting to a tenant friendly professional office building. This face lift made the challenge of marketing the building to new and growing business’s easier. The slogan chosen for The Eaton Center “Where business visions become a reality.”

1997

1997

Building 28, second floor was remodeled with a new entrance and elevator for the opening of the Chenango Memorial Hospital Dental Center.

1998

1998

The Serendipity Café was incorporated into the first floor of building 30 to further establish The Eaton Center as a professional office building.

1999

Aug 1999

The Eaton Center has been part of Chenango County’s economic development effort for four years. The 200,000 square foot Facility occupies 8 acres at the southern end of the Norwich Business Improvement District. Located in the Greater Norwich economic Development Zone, The Eaton Center is home for over 50 business, professional, not-for-profit and personal tenants. More than 350 people work at or visit The Eaton Center each weekday.

1999

1999

The Eaton Center is well on its way to achieving its occupancy rate. Large, small and startup businesses are all welcome. Rent covers utilities, housekeeping, trash removal, grounds maintenance and other normal building services at no extra cost, in a facility with an on-site staff and 24-hour security coverage. The slogan chosen for The Eaton Center: “Your 21st Century Business Village”.

1999

Oct 1999

The Lt. Gov. Mary Donohue, was in Norwich to deliver the announcement of the State university’s Norwich Branch Campus to relocate to a new 36,000 square foot, two story building at The Eaton Center.

2000

2000

David Wagoner, a former Community Development Director for the city of Norwich and a CCAC board member, was appointed Executive Director for The Eaton Center and to transform the CCAC into the lead economic development arm for Chenango County.

2000

Sep 2000

Del Webster, Director retired and Louie Barnes was promoted to Property Manager.

2002

Jul 2002

Building 52 was torn down to make room for SUNY Morrisville College.

2002

Oct 2002

To accommodate growing tenant activity and growth in the capacity of the Eaton Center a new parking lot is built on Conkey Ave. next to building 50, adding another 53 parking spaces.

2003

2003

The Eaton Center is a fully functional multi-tenanted office complex.

2007

2007

Ownership changed to a private corporation and systems have been updated to state of the art climate control and access systems.

2013

2013

The Eaton Center Constructs a State of the Art Physical Therapy Unit for Chenango Memorial Hospital

2014

2014

The Eaton Center constructs 23,000 SF of space for the New York State Unified Court System.