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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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Pittsfield ZBA Approves Furniture Store, Hotel Signs, Chickens, Office Space

"It is a very far cry from an exclusively residential area." Katherine Chester

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Williamstown ZBA Clears Office Rental at Sand Springs Pool

"We've had some other folks express interest in the other space ... all in the health and wellness field, low traffic, low impact." — Jane Patton

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Adams Planners Approve Bond, Screening for East Road Array

"The Zoning Board technically approved the site plan, and that's where it stands. ... Our hands are tied." — Barbara Ziemba

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Williams College Gets OK for Solar Installation

"My concern is that the second-floor guests like a mountain view." — Bhavin Shah

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Willamstown Motel, Chopsticks Cleared to Expand

"Generally speaking, any time this board grants a variance, someone complains." — ZBA member David Levine

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North Street Development Passes Williamstown ZBA

"We are not here to deny the petitioner the ability to develop his parcel." — Andrew Hoar

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North Adams Cab Company Plans to Relocate

"It is in a neighborhood, and it's not given the same leeway as a business on Main Street." — Chairman Donald Pecor

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Pittsfield Board Approves Expansion For Pediatric Development Center

"Sadly, that street has changed now, because we have no more residences on the street." — John Roccabruno

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