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Pittsfield Board Concerned Proposed Assisted Living Expansion; Praises St. Mary's Plans

Side by Side is looking to expand its assisted living facility to the east by knocking down a neighboring four-family dwelling on West Union Street. But, the Community Development Board is concerned that there will be an additional 20 living units with only six parking spaces. The board fears that there are too few parking spots available in the residential neighborhood.

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Pittsfield Approves Incentive For St. Mary's Church Development

The City Council canít wait for the St. Maryís renovation. The council opted against fleshing out a tax increment exemption at the subcommittee level and approved it Tuesday night to help move the project along. The agreement would exempt developers CT Management from paying on any increased value caused by the renovation of the four structures into 29 market-rate housing units for four year.

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Carver Buys Former St. Mary's in Pittsfield; Plans 29 Housing Units

For years to come, the former St. Mary's church will remain a landmark on Tyler Street. The 75-year-old church had nearly been demolished a few years ago to make way for a Dunkin Donuts.

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Renovation of Former Pittsfield Church Into Apartments Progressing

In 1906 the Berkshire Railway System constructed a building on Seymour Street to host a steam boiler and large electrical generators to power the trolley cars going up and down North Street. Six years later the facility was too small. The railroad built a new one on East Street and vacated the Seymour Street building. The Polish community, however, saw that all other groups had their own churches and started petitioning the Catholic Diocese of Springfield for one. In 1921, the diocese grante

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Diocese Weighing Multiple Bids For Former St. Mary The Morning Star

The Diocese of Springfield is looking to sell the former St. Mary's of Morningstar in a "reasonable time" and their broker is speaking with multiple parties. The former church on Tyler Street has been closed and on the market since 2010 - the church was closed in 2008.

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Pittsfield Approves Tax Agreement For Redevelopment of Holy Family Church

The City Council approved a tax agreement to help the redevelopment of the former Holy Family Church on Seymour Street. The project proposed by Developer David Carver, owner of Scarafoni Properties and doing this project under WDM Properties, is looking to turn the former church into 10 market-rate housing units.

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Marijuana Dispensary Planned For Former KFC Receives First Approval

The Community Development Board has signed off on the plans to turn the former KFC on East Street into a medical marijuana dispensary. The board approved the site plan by Happy Valley Compassion Center Tuesday night and the company now needs approvals from the Zoning Board of Appeals and a license from the Department of Public Health.

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Berkshire Art Museum Opens With CAC Retrospective

Before Mass MoCA, before DownStreet Art, the Contemporary Artists Center was a converging point for the creative. The Beaver Mill center hosted a plethora of artists ó from the established to the up-and-coming, from the home-grown to the international. Now selected works from nine of those artists will be on display at the Berkshire Art Museum in "Berkshire Artists of the Contemporary Artists Center 1990-1999" as part of the DownStreet Art season that kicks off Thursday evening.

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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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