Adams has received $800,000 in 2017 Community Development Block Grant funds to reconfigure the parking lot at the Adams Visitors Center.
Adams was one of 58 towns and cities receiving $30.5 million in CDBG funds announced on Thursday. Also receiving grants are Becket, Buckland and North Adams.
Director of Community Development Donna Cesan said the town was awarded $580,728 in 2015 and $428,572 of that was used to continue the housing rehabilitation program. Fourteen low to medium income residents within the Route 8 corridor were chosen to make improvements to their homes.
The city is applying for some $250,000 in federal funds to repair facade work on the Armory that was completed nearly a decade ago.
The parapets of the Armory are covered with tarps — jersey barriers are set up on the northeast corner in case of collapse — and the stonework on the stairways is pulling apart.
Community Development Director Donna Cesan said this year's Community Development Block Grant application reflects the strategic plan approved by the Selectmen in 2015 for community and downtown development. The maximum the town can apply for this year is $800,000 and the deadline is March 10. Adams should know by late summer if it is being awarded the money.
The Selectmen have seen a draft of a Community Development Strategy Plan that is needed for the town to participate in the state's Housing Rehab Program.
Berkshire Regional Planning Commission representative Patricia Mullins asked the board on Tuesday to review a draft copy of the plan that was created by a committee of residents. The plan outlines community goals and strategies.
The Selectmen may double down on efforts to secure Community Development Block Grant funds for the Memorial Building.
Community Development Director Donna Cesan told the Selectmen during a review of possible projects for the 2017 CDBG application that her main priority would be to capture funds for a heating and cooling system for the former school
The city is reviewing the decades-old planning documents for Western Gateway Heritage State Park to see if they need updating — or dissolving.
The grant funding for the study comes through the state Community Compact signed by the city last year and applies to land-use governance. A Boston firm has been awarded the contract.
Work is expected to began soon on the new skate and BMX bicycle park where the former Modern Liquors was located.
The State Street building was razed last week to make way for the $676,000 skate park, which will in turn open up space at Noel Field Athletic Complex for a proposed splash pad and bocce and pickle ball courts.
They lasted more than 170 years. But now the decrepit former mill houses on Houghton Street will soon be a memory.
Berkshire County Construction on Monday began the demolition of the four two-family units, 198-214 Houghton St., near the bottom of Houghton Street. A fifth building, a former corner store at the intersection of Liberty and Houghton, will also be ripped down.
Adams will again try to secure funds to install a new HVAC system in the Memorial Building through this year's Community Development Block Grant program.
The Selectmen voted Wednesday to approve this year's CDBG grant program application of $769,272 for the continuation of the housing rehab program and the installation of the new energy efficient heating and cooling system in the former middle school.