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Williamstown Planning Board Debates Accessory Dwelling Unit Bylaw

The Planning Board last spring withdrew a more ambitious proposal to liberalize the town's housing bylaw in the face of vocal opposition. In the summer, it decided that the ADUs were one area where the town could make incremental changes to allow a little more housing flexibility.

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Adams Planning Board Continues O'Geary Expansion Hearing

The Planning Board asked James and Michael Geary on Monday to clarify some aspects of the site plan and come back to a December meeting.

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North Adams Restaurant Gains Approval With Addition of Parking

On Monday, the board gave the OK to a parking lot with spaces for 20 cars that will be located behind the church near the old ballfield and will be accessed by Amidon Road, which is east of the church. Two more parking spaces will be created at the front of the building for handicapped access.

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Clarksburg Close to Settling Verizon Wireless Lawsuit

The town is expected to file an agreement with the telecommunications company by Friday, Oct. 5. Pittsfield Cellular Telephone Co., operating as Verizon Wireless, filed a lawsuit in federal court a month after the Planning Board denied its application for a permit last year.

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North Adams Planners OK Cumberland Farms Plans

The approval paves the way for the city to finalize the purchase-and-sales agreement with Cumberland Farms for the one-acre parcel that was the City Yard for more than a century.

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Cumberland Farms Submits Plans for New Ashland Street Store

According to documents filed for Monday's Planning Board meeting by the company's representatives Bacon Wilson Attorneys at Law, the regional chain is proposing a 5,814-square-foot convenience store and four fueling stations with eight pumps including diesel at 227 Ashland.

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Williamstown Planning Board Grapples With Accessory Dwelling Unit Issue

In the spring, faced with intense opposition from a vocal group of residents, the board abandoned a proposal to implement changes that would have eased zoning restrictions and created more flexibility in residential zones.

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Old Debates Rehashed as Williamstown Planners Try to Focus on Future

The Planning Board on Tuesday held its second meeting since May's town election and the town meeting at which the prior board had hoped to bring an ambitious proposal to revamp the town's zoning bylaws before voters.

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North Adams Airport Approved for Administrative Building

The board had approved a new contemporary building two years ago but a loss of funding put the project on hold and forced the Airport Commission to look at another option: moving an existing building.

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North Adams Planners Advise Zoning Change for Tourists Project

The petition by the owners of the motel development and adjacent properties would take more than a half-dozen parcels purchased over the last several years and a section owned by the state's Division of Fisheries and Wildlife now in four different zones and consolidate them under one designation, CC-1.

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North Adams Planners Approve Plans for Eagle Street Hotel

The vote to give Michael Gazal and Veso Buntic of Long Island, N.Y., operating as Eagle Street Holding LLC, a special permit for a change of use to convert the building into a contemporary 27-room hotel was unanimous, but it came with one contingency: that the hotel be responsible for preventing guests from double-parking while checking in.

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Historic Eagle Street Building Eyed for Hotel Conversion

Plans drawn up by Barry Berg Architect of Brooklyn, N.Y., would create 27 double-occupancy rooms of varying size, each with private bath, in the 3,330 square-foot building. The two storefronts are envisioned to become restaurant and bar spaces.

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North Adams Planners OK Distillery, More Norad Businesses

The former Excelsior Print mill on Roberts Drive has been filling up with tenants since being purchased by developer David Moresi last spring. On Monday, they gave the OK to a yarn dyer, a computer repair shop and Moresi's own business office.

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Williamstown Planning Board Pulls All Proposed Bylaw Amendments

In a series of unanimous votes spread over a 2 1/2-hour public hearing Tuesday, the Planning Board decided to pull all three of the zoning bylaw amendments it had planned to bring before next month's town meeting.

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Williamstown Planners Consider Changing Zoning Proposals

Like the proposed bylaw changes themselves, the discussion was complex and wide-ranging. Not all of the comments were negative, and with a couple of exceptions, people on both sides of the table kept their emotions in check.

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North Adams Planners Say No-Gas Gas Station Has to Go

The owners of the site have been given years to come up with a plan to resume operations at the former BP gas station at the corner of Canal and River streets.

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Clarksburg Planners Question Tiny Home Proposal

Resident Molly Guest and Katie Jackson, business and community development manager for tiny home builder B&B Micro Manufacturing of North Adams, tried to convince the Planning Board on Wednesday that it would be a benefit to the town to allow the popular little houses to be sited in the rural town.

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North Adams Biz Panels OK Church Property Division

The Redevelopment Authority approved the creation of a new lot within the Urban Renewal District that comprises the church's Christian education building on Ashland Street. The Planning Board at its meeting immediately following approved the Form A application that divided the property.

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North Adams Planners Approve New 'Museum of Dog'

The largely private collection of 180 dog-inspired artworks will also include featured local artists in temporary exhibits.

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Williamstown Planning Board OKs New Williams Dorm

The Planning Board on Tuesday gave the OK to Williams College's plan for a new dormitory and discussed zoning bylaw changes the board may bring to town voters in May. The college was before the board to seek a parking determination and a finding of functional equivalency for the planned 40-room residence hall to replace Garfield House on South Street.

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Clarksburg Reviews Raft of Bylaws for Pot, Zoning, Solar Arrays

The complaints came at Monday's public hearing on a raft of bylaw revisions to update the town's zoning. Town officials are anticipating a special town meeting by late December or early January. The solar bylaw was completed last year but not in time for the annual town meeting in May. It was presented at Monday night's Planning Board hearing as a standalone along with a number of connected zoning amendments and additions.

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Adams Marijuana Bylaw Moved to Public Hearing

Originally some members wanted to keep the state's buffer zone of 500 feet, however this would lock all possible retailers out of the downtown. The Planning Board brought the distance down to 300 feet but ultimately compromised at 250 feet.

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Williamstown Planning Board OKs Zoning Change Proposals

Some of the changes are technical "houskeeping" to existing language. One amendment makes regulations in a recently created district resemble those in other parts of town, and another increases the opportunity for multifamily housing.

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Norad Mill Continues to Fill Up in North Adams

The Norad Mill continues to fill up with businesses, with owner David Moresi calculating the 100,000 square-foot building will be three-quarters full by the beginning of next year.

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North Adams' Norad Mill Gaining Tenants; Approvals Delayed a Month

Developer David Moresi, who purchased the 150-year-old Excelsior Mill earlier this year and resurrected its original name, came with plans for some of the exterior changes and two new tenants.

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