Lynn, MA – Governor Charlie Baker visited the Lynn YMCA on Wednesday, October 18 to announce that the Lynn YMCA was selected to be a recipient of the MassWorks program. Out of 102 applicants, only 40 were selected to receive funding. $4.8 million was awarded to the Lynn YMCA, which will support the plans to reconfigure the roads and the traffic island in front of the current Y building.
The Governor was accompanied by Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash, Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy, Senator Thomas M. McGee, Representative Brendan P. Crighton, Representative Donald Wong, Representative Daniel Cahill, and MassDevelopment Chief Executive Lauren Liss, whom all of which expressed their support to the Lynn Y and the impact the Y has on the community.
Renderings of the new building exhibited the strategic plans for transforming the framework. The Y is surrounded by many schools, churches, and senior centers all within walking distance to the building. Redesigning the traffic structure will make the Y even more fundamental to the Lynn community.
Bruce Macdonald, President and CEO of the YMCA of Metro North expressed his sincere gratitude to have received such support. The funds not only will help build a new facility, but it will also strengthen the City of Lynn and its surrounding communities. “This project would not have been possible without the support of our community members.” Macdonald said.
Construction is anticipated to begin in the spring of 2018.