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Residents Petition For Pittsfield Officers to Have Walking Beats

A group of residents has petitioned the City Council to have police officers do regular foot patrols. Will Singleton presented the petition to the City Council on Tuesday. He believes regular walking patrols will greatly improve officer's relationship with the residents.

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PEDA Commits More Funding For Berkshire Innovation Center

PEDA will help close an operating funding gap for the Berkshire Innovation Center. The Pittsfield Economic Development Agency pledged a grant of up to $300,000, subject to negotiations, to keep the BIC operating in 2018 and in hopes of releasing the state's commitment for construction.

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Waterstone Will Continue to Pursue Pittsfield Project

Waterstone fully intends to move forward with a development at the William Stanley Business Park. The company has spent five years and hundreds of thousands of dollars designing the project, which had been aimed at bringing a Walmart Supercenter to the site 16.5-acre site known as the teens.

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Developers Submit Plans For Pittsfield 'Walmart' Project

Waterstone Retail has filed its request for a special permit to build a 196,000 square-foot Walmart Supercenter at the William Stanley Business Park. The developers signed a letter of intent to purchase the 16.5-acre parcel known as the "teens" at the intersection of Tyler Street Extension and Woodlawn Avenue.

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Pittsfield Allocates $1 Million Toward BIC Construction

The city is putting forth $1 million from the G.E. Economic Development Fund to jumpstart the stalled construction of the Berkshire Innovation Center. The City Council unanimously approved using the money to help cover a $3 million funding gap for a 20,000 square-foot facility at the William Stanley Business Park. The remaining $2 million is expected to come from the state.

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PEDA Hoping Site Readiness Grant Will Help Develop Park

PEDA is hoping MassDevelopment will help make it easier to redevelop the parcel knowns as the "40s" through a grant program. The Pittsfield Economic Development Authority gave Executive Director Corydon Thurston approval to proceed with trying to secure $75,000 through MassDevelopment's Site Readiness Program. The program would bring engineers in to perform a detailed, technical look at the foundation on the parcel along Kellogg Street so any developer has a clear understanding of what it can

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PEDA Waiting On BIC, Walmart Plans to Progress

PEDA is in a waiting game for the two most highly publicized efforts to redevelop the William Stanley Business Park. The Pittsfield Economic Development Authority officials say they've done their part in bringing in Waterstone Realty and the Berkshire Innovation Center, but both projects had faced delays. PEDA is now waiting for the state to help fill a funding gap for the innovation center, and Waterstone is still waiting for Walmart corporate to approve the latest redesign of the proposed s

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Pittsfield Launches Coordinated Approach to Economic Development

Christopher Kapiloff has some big contracts in the works for Laminated Technologies Inc. and he'll be looking to expand. He can expand anywhere and down south, where his competitors are based, it is less expensive to do business. But he is a Berkshire guy and grew his business in Pittsfield so he wants to stay. He went to the mayor's office and asked if there was some way the city could help cover the gap to build an expanded facility.

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Objection Halts Pittsfield Council Debate About Walmart

Charter objection! For just the third time since the new charter went into place, a debate was halted on the City Council floor because of the rarely invoked charter objection. The objection halts debate and pushes a vote off until another meeting. It is included in the new charter the city adopted in 2013.

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PEDA Approves Sales Agreement With Waterstone

The permitting process is next for Waterstone Retail, which is looking to build a Walmart Supercenter at the William Stanley Business Park. On Wednesday the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority approved a purchase and sales agreement with the developer for the parcel known as the "teens." The company is looking to build a new 190,000 square-foot retail center at the intersection of Woodlawn Avenue and Tyler Street. The project is estimated to cost some $30 million.

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Waterstone Makes $20K Down Payment On Pittsfield Walmart Project

The developers of the proposed Walmart Supercenter at the William Stanley Business Park has put down $20,000 toward the purchase of the land. The Pittsfield Economic Development Authority extended the letter of intent with Waterstone Retail Development until the end of December, making more time for the two sides to reach a purchase and sales agreement. In good faith, Waterstone has put down a $20,000 non-refundable deposit toward the purchase.

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PEDA Claiming $10K Loss in Nuclea Bankruptcy Filing

PEDA is looking to recoup some $10,000 in losses from Nuclea Biotechnologies, Inc, which has filed for Chapter bankruptcy. Nuclea had rented office space the from the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority on Kellogg Street for a number of years. That lease agreement was until the end of October this year.

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Residents Pepper Walmart Developer With Questions at Ward Meeting

If Anton Melchionda, principal with Waterstone Retail, had a manufacturer looking to move to the teens complex of the William Stanley Business Park, he'd build the building. But, he challenged anyone and City Councilor Melissa Mazzeo to find it. "Based on the economics. It goes back to the dollars it needs because of the mess that was left here. You guys were left with a mess, a toxic mess from people that completely disregarded the community, packed up their bags, put a chain link fence, and

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Walmart Proposal Draws Curious to Business Park Open Houses

These three open houses follow an event in May focused specifically on the Waterstone Development proposal to site a 190,000 Walmart Supercenter on a challenged lot in the small urban business park near Tyler Street. Another public presentation will be held by Waterstone on Monday, Sept. 19, at 6 p.m. at Morningside School.

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Walmart Proponents to Present at Pittsfield Ward 1 & 2 Meeting

The developers looking to build a Walmart Supercenter at the William Stanley Business Park will present their plans at a meeting on Monday. Waterstone Realty is proposing a new 190,000 square-foot super center on a parcel known as "the teens." Walmart would then vacate its currently location at Berkshire Crossing and would have its retail branch find a replacement for that buildings. The project has received a letter of intent from the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority to pursue permi

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PEDA Planning Three Open Houses for Stanley Business Park

The Pittsfield Economic Development Authority will host three open house events on Aug. 24, Aug. 31, and Sept. 14 at the William Stanley Business Park to showcase the park's developable building sites. PEDA is encouraging potential developers, builders, existing businesses and community members to attend and learn about current and future plans and view available properties.

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PEDA Extends Negotiation Period With Waterstone

The Pittsfield Economic Development Authority extended the timeframe to reach an land lease agreement with Waterstone Realty for the development of a Walmart Supercenter. On Tuesday, PEDA approved the extension to the letter of intent. Executive Director Corydon Thurston said the original 60-day window was "too aggressive" and hopes to have an agreement before the board by the next meeting.

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Pittsfield Council Wants Public Forum On Walmart Proposal

The City Council wants a chance to ask the proponents of a new Walmart at the William Stanley Business Park some questions. However, the council needs another organization to host a discussion to avoid legal conflicts. So, the council agreed to ask the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority to host one with the developer Waterstone Realty in the City Council chambers.

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Tyler Street Businesses to Connell: No Problems With Walmart Project

Joe Castoldi has run his barber shop for years on Tyler Street, just a block away from where the proposed Walmart Supercenter is eyed to be built. The supercenters often have a salon inside the building so one would think Castoldi would be worried about competition - especially competition from such a large corporation. But he's not.

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Pittsfield WILL Group Formed to Promote City; Dives Into Walmart Debate

For the last 10 years Evan Hickok has formed good relationships with many of his co-workers at General Dynamics. They are recruited from out of town, come to work as engineers, and the staff at the Pittsfield facility grows a friendship. And then the young professionals leave for what they see are greener pastures. They leave for the city life of Boston or New York envisioning a thriving social scene and nightlife. But more often than not, the workers find themselves taking a job in the subur

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Pittsfield City Council Mostly Undecided On Walmart Proposal

The ultimate say over the project may come before the City Council, which will be asked to approve a special permit because of the size of the store. So far, the majority of the City Council says they are keeping an open mind about the project and waiting for additional answers.

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Walmart Refutes Candidate's Criticism Of Pittsfield Plan

Walmart's Director of Public Affairs & State and Local Government Relations Chris Buchanan says, "holding out hope for industrial development of the site does a disservice to the residents of Pittsfield." He said the cost to remediate the land, fix the stormwater runoff, and road work adds up to $12 million, a cost few companies would bear when there are other properties for development at a lower cost.

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Pittsfield's Closest City Commercial Values Jump With Walmart Super Center

As the proposed Walmart Supercenter debate begins to unfold, the developer's claims of increased tax revenue reflects what happened in North Adams. In 2013, the company closed the store it had been occupying for since 1993 and moved down the road to a former gravel bed. The gravel bed had been assessed at $1,613,800 and the redevelopment upped the value to $10,694,900, according to Ross Vivori, chairman of the North Adams Board of Assessors.

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Pittsfield's Woodlawn Bridge Reopens After 10 Years

Finally. The Woodlawn Avenue Bridge is finally opened after being closed for a decade. City, state and Pittsffield Economic Development Agency officials commemorated the re-opening of the north to south connection between the Morningside Neighborhood and East Street. The bridge used to be own by General Electric and was closed in 2006 and was demolished in 2012.

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Pending EPA Permit Part of Waterstone Pitch For PEDA Parcel

Part of the selling point for the new Walmart at the William Stanley Business Park is that it will ease an environmental burden on PEDA coming down the road. Last year, the Environmental Protection Agency issued a new draft permit for the Pittsfield Economic Development Agency's ability to drain stormwater into Silver Lake. That permit called for significantly better water quality than currently being done. PEDA has argued against it, saying it doesn't have the money to make the needed improv

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