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Medical Marijuana Dispensary On Pace To Open In Pittsfield Soon

Construction is on pace for what could be the first medical marijuana dispensary in the county. Khem Organics has started renovations on a building on Dalton Avenue, which currently houses Jay's Custom Muffler & Auto, Casey's Billiards, and used to house the Salvation Army store. All three businesses are vacating the facility to make way for the dispensary.

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Williamstown Zoning Board OKs Main Street Hotel Permits

The Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday voted 5-0 to approve special permits to allow a 95-room hotel at the former site of the Grand Union at 430 Main St. (Route 2). Petitioner Navin Shah and his development team were back at Town Hall for a continuation of the ZBA's Dec. 15 hearing on his application to allow a three-story, 53,000-square-foot hotel at the site.

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Neighbors Raise Concerns About Proposed Williamstown Hotel

The Zoning Board of Appeals last week decided to gather more information before deciding on an application for special permits that would allow construction of a three-story, 95-room hotel on Main Street.

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Williamstown ZBA OKs Photech Development, Hears Hotel Pitch

The 46-unit affordable housing project on Cole Avenue cleared its final regulatory hurdle Thursday, but not until after a longtime advocate of the adjacent Mill Street neighborhood made a last-ditch effort to get the town to reconsider the development.

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Eversource Receives Special Permit For Pittsfield Solar Array

Eversource was granted the special permit to construct a 2.2 megawatt solar array on 10 acres of land on Partridge Road. The project is just one of two the utility company is seeking to building in the coming year - the other being in Lanesborough - and one of more than a dozen throughout the state. The state is allowing utility companies to build out 35 megawatts of solar energy and between Eversource's two companies, it has 70.

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Permit Granted For Medical Marijuana Dispensary In Pittsfield

Manna Wellness was granted a special permit from the Zoning Board of Appeals Wednesday to operate a medical marijuana facility, despite protest from a resident who lives nearby. Julia Germaine of Manna Wellness said the company is looking to build a 3,200 square-foot facility on undeveloped land in the Cloverdale Business Park. The site is located next to Dollar General on outer West Housatonic Street and Ice River Springs.

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Adams ZBA Backtracks to Approve Asian Cuisine Restaurant

The board had latched onto a problematic clause in the bylaws that allowed it to dismiss a special permit if approving it would lead to "deterioration of properties" because of a saturation of similar commercial activities. But on Tuesday, it unanimously approved the special permit for Xing Li to operate a restaurant at 131 Columbia St. a building away from a similar proposed eatery.

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Williamstown ZBA Makes Hard Choices at Marathon Meeting

Thursday's meeting of the Zoning Board of Appeals was a study in irony. The board members rejected a request from a resident they clearly appeared to want to help and approved a special permit under a bylaw about which several members clearly have reservations.

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Pittsfield Denies Permit For Medical Marijuana Facility In Former KFC

The Zoning Board of Appeals denied a special permit for a medical marijuana dispensary at the former KFC because the members felt it would be detrimental to the character of the neighborhood. Happy Valley Compassion Center was looking to turn the former Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant into a medical marijuana dispensary - provided it received all of the necessary approvals from state and local government. But, the Zoning Board of Appeals unanimously rejected the company's application for a

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Adams ZBA Avoids 'Oversaturation' of Asian Cuisine

A potential Asian fusion restaurant owner seeking a special permit at Tuesday's Zoning Board of Appeals was upstaged by another potential Asian fusion restaurant owner just two doors away. The first was Xing Li, who had applied to operate a restaurant at 131 Columbia St., the former Berkshire County Stove property.

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Williamstown Zoning Board Approves Cable Mills Special Permits

The Zoning Board of Appeals last week approved special permits that will keep the Cable Mills housing project on track to add 14 more housing units. Phase 1 of the Water Street project the renovation of the existing mill building was completed in the spring and is nearly fully occupied, the developer told the ZBA at its Thursday meeting.

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Permit Granted For Solar Project On Pittsfield's Churchill Street

From noise, to scenery, to even attacking the character of the company looking to install a large solar array on Churchill Street, neighbors tried everything to fight the project. But despite presenting their case claiming that the 499 kilowatts planned array encompassing a dozen acres of land would be a detriment to the neighborhood, the Zoning Board of Appeals granted the special permit with conditions in a 4-1 vote. Some of the board members voiced concern that the 40-acres of land being u

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Pittsfield Notes: Covanta, Handicap Parking, Solar Arrays

City officials are hoping Covanta won't be leaving afterall with the passage of a new tax incentive for those type of operations. Covanta plans to close its Hubbard Avenue facility in March claiming the "high operating costs and the size of the facility have made it increasingly difficult to run the plant profitably," according to company spokesman James Regan. The plant has been in operations since 1981 on 5.8 acres of land and serves as the primary location for Republic Services to dispose

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Churchill Solar Plan Triggers Significant Opposition in Pittsfield

A large solar array proposed for Churchill Street has triggered significant outcry of opposition from neighbors. Churchill Solar LLC, a subsidiary of Heliovaas, is looking to construct five solar arrays on 40-acres of land near the Lanesborough border. The plans encompass four lots which were previously subdivided with a plan to construction residential homes as well as a separate array on adjacent land owned by Michael Bianco. In total, each array will be 499 kilowatts taking up around 20 ac

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Developer Plans to Reopen Dug-Out Motel in Adams

The Zoning Board of Appeals approved a special permit application on Tuesday to re-establish the defunct Dug-Out Motel. Attorney Jeffrey Grandchamp, representing Mount Royal II Inc., told the ZBA that because the Dug-Out a 99 Howland Ave. has not been used as a hotel in more than two years, a special permit was needed to allow the use as originally permitted.

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Renewed Proposal For Dunkin Donuts At St. Mary's Site

A crowd packed the tiny Meeting Room 203, but little was said during the latest installment of an ongoing saga between Cafua Management, the city of Pittsfield, and residents opposed to a plan to develop the former St. Mary the Morningstar campus into a drive-through doughnut shop. The city's Zoning Board of Appeals opened up a public hearing on Wednesday on a zone extension that would be necessary to Cafua's reformulated plan for the proposed eatery, and will continue that public hearing to

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Pittsfield Board Denies Permit for Solar Field

The city's Zoning Board of Appeals struck down a proposed solar array site in west Pittsfield, following opposition from residential neighbors abutting the land. By a 3-2 vote, the board ruled against the request from Aegis Renewable Energy to construct a 2.6-megawatt solar facility on undeveloped Churchill Street land.

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Dunkin' Developer Withdraws Tyler Street Application

For the second time, Dunkin' Donuts franchise giant Cafua Realty Trust has withdrawn application paperwork for a special permit at 665 Tyler St., though what this means for the future of the former St. Mary the Morningstar Church located there remains unclear.

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Williamstown ZBA OKs Williams Science Center

The Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday night granted a special permit for Williams College's science quad expansion. The board declined a request from two residents to allow more time for review of 500 pages of supporting material presented with the request.

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Williams Science Center Project in Front of Zoning Board

The Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday evening will continue a hearing to consider Williams College's new science center. The college and its consultants were before the board on Jan. 21 to discuss topics ranging from stormwater management to light pollution to the height of the new, 170,000-square-foot science center.

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Williamstown ZBA OKs First Accessory Building Apartment

Last week, the Zoning Board of Appeals approved the conversion of an accessory building at 428 Water St.

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Changes to Mather House Project Draw Neighbors' Ire

"An increase in commercial traffic impacts the safety of our kids, pedestrians and residential drivers." — Patty Carter

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