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North Adams Community Projects Ramping Up This Summer

Several projects will be happening this summer in the city, including Phase 2 of the improvements planned for Noel Field Athletic Complex.

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Adams Receives Visitors Center Parking Lot Bids

The bids were opened Thursday and C&A Construction Co. Inc. came in with the lowest bid of $518,000 and DelSignore Blacktop Paving came in with the highest base bid of $761,632.56.

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Pittsfield's Capitol Marquee Bids Come In High, Council Still Supportive

The bids to repair the Capitol Theatre marquee are higher than anticipated. But, the City Council feels it is worth it. "In my opinion, the marquee is a jewel," said Ward 7 City Councilor Anthony Simonelli.

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Adams to Apply For Grant Funds For Memorial Building

After a public hearing Wednesday when Community Development Director Donna Cesan outlined the up to $550,000 grant, the Selectmen voted to go all in on the former school building this application cycle.

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Eagle Street, Brayton Hill on North Adams Block Grant Application

New projects this year include the funding for the two feasibility studies, the first of which would look at turning Eagle Street into a European-style "woonerf," or shared space, using paving and landscaping to slow traffic.

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Adams Gets Update On Top Town Projects

The bulk of the meeting was focused on the most immediate and prioritized project, the revamp of the Visitors Center parking lot,for which the town has already secured construction funds through CDBG.

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Adams May Seek Grant Funds For Memorial Building

The town may apply for Community Development Block Grant funds to install an HVAC system at the Memorial Building.

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New Marlborough to Join Cheshire Grant Application

The Selectmen the grant paperwork Tuesday after Town Administrator Mark Webber told them that the New Marlborough Selectmen gave the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission its blessing earlier this week.

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Cheshire Pledges Money Toward Housing Rehab Grant

The town is looking at putting $60,000 toward improving the town's housing stock. Berkshire Regional Planning Commission Planner William Sikula met with the Selectmen Tuesday to go over the town’s Community Development Block Grant allocation and asked if the town would be willing to put up $60,000 in an effort to reel in $600,000 in grant funding.

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Cheshire to Reapply For Housing Rehab Grant

Patricia Mullins, BRPC's community and economic development program manager, asked board members Tuesday if they wanted to apply for a housing rehabilitation block grant through the state Department of Housing and Community Development to make upgrades to up to 20 homes.

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Cheshire Misses Out on Community Block Grant for Housing Rehab

Cheshire officials had hoped to capture up to $600,000 to help low- to medium-income homeowners make upgrades to their homes. But last week's list of Community Development Community Block Grant beneficiaries didn't have the town listed.

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Adams Gets CDBG Funding for Visitors Center Parking Lot

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.

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Adams Closes Out FY2015 Community Development Projects

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.

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North Adams Seeking CDBG Funds to Fix Failing Armory Facade

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.

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Adams Visitors Center Parking Lot Eyed for Revamp

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.

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Cheshire Sees Draft Community Development Strategy Plan

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.

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Adams May Refocus On Memorial Building

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

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North Adams to Study Heritage State Park Documents

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.

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North Adams Seeking Grant to Add Spray Park to Noel Field

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.

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