Gov. Lamont takes a peek at former Norwich YMCA, discusses pending rehabilitation

Norwich — Gov. Ned Lamont stepped about 5 feet into the lobby of the former YMCA on Main Street on Thursday morning, stepped on spongy fallen ceiling tiles, gazed at a smashed interior window, caught his breath at the dank air and announced he had seen enough.

“I see what you mean when you said it’s a little bit of work,” Lamont said to George and Eric Mattern, the father and son leaders of Mattern Construction, which plans a $4 million renovation and partial demolition of the derelict building at 337 Main St.

On April 6, Lamont announced a $2 million Connecticut Communities Challenge Grant to help support the Baltic company’s renovation plan. The city also is awaiting word on an application for a $650,000 federal Environmental Protection Agency grant to do an environmental cleanup of the property, including asbestos and lead paint abatement.

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