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Pittsfield Extends Lease For Offices at 100 North St.

Mayor Linda Tyer has no plans to move the city offices currently at 100 North Street back to City Hall. An array of city offices were moved from the basement of City Hall back in 2014 to the mezzanine level of 100 North Street. The move, under former Mayor Daniel Bianchi, caused consternation from some of the city councilors at the time because it didn't need council approval.

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Non-profit Looking at New Ways to Light Up Downtown

On Thursday, the group lit up the former Agricultural Bank building at 100 North St. so the community, other businesses, and the committee can see for themselves what it would be like here.

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Pittsfield To Add Handicapped Parking Downtown

Despite a recommendation to deny the proposed handicapped parking spaces, the City Council adopted a measure increasing the number of downtown spaces. The additional spots have been a long time coming when Ward 4 Councilor Christopher Connell pressed the issue of the number of issues on North Street.

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Pittsfield City Council Supports Capitol Marquee Restoration

The City Council is supportive of efforts to restore the historic Capitol marquee outside of the senior center. The structure of the 1928 marquee is structurally failing and Barry Architects have estimated a $142,030 cost to fully restore it. The city is considering allocating $50,000 from federal Community Development Block Grant funds and funding the rest through the capital budget.

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Pittsfield Looking to Restore Capitol Marquee

The city is looking at spending some $150,000 to restore the historic Capitol marquee outside of the senior center. Barry Architects did an assessment of the structure and determined there are significant repairs needed.

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Pittsfield's Paintbox Public Art Program Returns

Last year the seemingly ordinary utility boxes throughout the downtown was transformed into colorful and vibrant pieces of art. Now, it is time to do some more. The Artscape Committee announced the return of the paintbox program, which is an art competition with eight winners decorating the utility boxes on North Street. The project takes the boring, gray utility boxes and turns them into public art.

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Methuselah Ordered By Licensing Board To Donate Five-Days of Profits

Instead of having her liquor license suspended for five days, Methuselah owner Yuki Cohen is donating the profits from those days to a local non-profit. Methuselah was called before the Licensing Board to answer to an incident on Nov. 25, 2016, when a 17-year-old was drinking at the bar and then was shot moments after right outside of the door. The Licensing Board agreed on Monday to stay a license suspension for a year, meaning if there are any violations in the next year the suspension is a

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'Four Freedoms' March Set for Saturday in Pittsfield

It was an "unprecedented" time in 1941 when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt addressed the nation and called for a world "founded upon four essential human freedoms." It's been 76 years since then and the resolve of the Berkshires remains strong toward securing exactly that. On Saturday, hundreds will be marching down North Street to stand up for those four freedoms FDR cited : the freedom of speech and expression, the freedom of every person to worship God in his own way, freedom from wan

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Bagels Too to Close in Downtown Pittsfield

Bagels Too is closing after nearly 30 years. Owner Susan Gordon said she was unable to secure a new lease and will close in early 2017. Gordon has run the downtown eatery since 1987. But she has been looking to sell the store and retire. She is currently looking for a new downtown location.

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Allegrone Finishes Redevelopment of Historic Onota Building

Allegrone Construction has completed a $9 million renovation of the historic Onota Building on North Street. The company held an open house on Wednesday to show off the 25 rental units, rooftop deck, and six retail spaces. Already more than half of the housing units have been leased with move in day just a few weeks away on Nov. 15.

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Final Phase Pittsfield's Streetscape On Target For November Completion

The multi-year North Street reconstruction is poised to be completed in November. Work on the final phase of the streetscape project commenced in August 2015 and is on pace to conclude by the end of November. The section of the city's main thoroughfare has been under construction from Madison Avenue and Columbus Avenue for the last phase this summer. That is the final piece in a decade-long rehabilitation of North Street.

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Pittsfield Retailers Holding Own Tax-Free Weekend Promotion

Bart Raser says on the tax free holiday, he does five times the amount of business than a regular weekend. He orders extra inventory and orders winter items like snowblowers early in anticipation. But then a few weeks ago the state legislature nixed it. The state revenues are lagging and lawmakers opted not to hold one this year, leaving Raser staring at a lose of a sales and stores filled with items.

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New York Style Italian Eatery Opens in Downtown Pittsfield

Growing up in Brooklyn, N.Y. Frank "Maurice" Savino loved the small Italian eateries, where the chef knew his name, what he liked, and always had something new on the menu. When he moved to the Berkshire a decade ago, that intimate setting is something he missed. Last month, he opened up his own shop on North Street which provides lunch, dinner, and to-go items all homemade that day and with a personal touch.

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Pittsfield Celebrates 10 Years of Third Thursday

The city has had its ups and downs over the last decade but one thing has remained constant - Third Thursday. Put on by the city's Office of Cultural Development, the street fair is held monthly throughout the summer is still going strong. At July's event, the organizers celebrated the 10 year anniversary.

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Barrington Stage Opens Headquarters on North Street

Barrington Stage Company is moving its headquarters into the newly opened Wolfson Theater Center at 122 North St. The 28,000-square-foot building will be the company's main headquarters and will house its administrative offices, which will all be under one roof for the first time since the company moved to Pittsfield.

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Pittsfield Approves Extending Tax Breaks For Beacon Cinema

It was in 1997 when Downtown Pittsfield Inc. revealed a downtown master plan which called for a movie theater on North Street. City officials and DPI went searching high and low for a developer, from big chains to independent operators with little luck. Eventually they found Richard Stanley, who ran the Triplex in Great Barrington, and he too wanted nothing to do with the project.

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Hotel on North & Architect Honored with Preservation Awards

Hotel on North and its architect, Karen T. Hunt, are each being recognized by statewide organizations this spring for the project's preservation efforts. Hotel on North was the recipient of a 2016 Massachusetts Historical Commission Preservation Award in the category of Adaptive Reuse for the yearlong rehabilitation and restoration of the Burns Block and New Burns Block.

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Hillcrest Lights Up Park Square to Spread Autism Awarenes

The downtown corridor will be lit up blue this month to raise awareness of autism. Blue lights have been placed in Park Square, at City Hall, and in windows of various businesses on North Street in part of the Hillcrest Educational Foundation's Light It Up Blue campaign. This is the second year of it and the program has grown to include a resource fair, connecting parents of autistic children with resources.

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Pittsfield Asking State to Release Funds for Columbus Ave. Garage Rebuild

Plans to replace the crumbling Columbus Avenue garage are "shovel" ready but the state still hasn't released more than $6 million earmarked for it. The top level of the garage has been closed since August 2014 when city officials at the time determined the concrete beams were pulling away from the supporting structure. The move reduced parking spots in the structure by 156. Earlier that year the state earmarked $6 million in a transportation bond bill and now city officials are pushing for th

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Pittsfield's Streetscape Project Begins Final Phase Monday

Phase 4 of the streetscape construction on North Street is set to begin between 7 and 7:30 a.m. Monday, March 14. The work will begin at Columbus Avenue and continue north on the west side to Madison Avenue.

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