Mattern Construction submits lone proposal to rehab former YMCA in Norwich

Mattern Construction, based in Baltic, submitted the lone proposal to the city by last week’s deadline to rehabilitate the decaying, mold-infested former YMCA into a new headquarters for the general contracting and management company. The proposal includes a plan to lease space the company does not need to a possible brew pub or some residential housing, company vice president Eric Mattern said. Eric Mattern said the company started looking at the YMCA as a potential headquarters as soon as the city took ownership. Once the city advertised for proposals, the Matterns twice sought access to the building, including looks at the interior before submitting the plan. Mattern said the company does not yet have a cost for the renovations and relocation, except that it would be “a multimillion project,” Mattern said. The company hopes to qualify for the new economic development revitalization grant and loan programs being administered by the Norwich Community Development Corp.

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