The Planning Board on Tuesday approved the erection of temporary office and lab space on a Williams College-owned street.
The college came to the board for a development plan review for 1,200 square foot of temporary space that will house offices and labs for the math and psychology departments during the construction of the new science center.
Williams College and the Chamber of Commerce believe they have solutions in place to avoid a repeat of last summer's parking woes on Spring Street, and they're asking downtown merchants to be part of the answer.
In 2015, parking inventory in the Village Business District was squeezed by construction vehicles related to the college's renovation of the Log pub on Spring Street.
This year's Adams Agricultural Fair will have a more suitable structure for welcoming fairgoers to Bowe Field thanks to Blair Mahar's timber framing class.
Mahar said the introductory class at Hoosac Valley High School just finished its third year and the students designed and built the post-and-beam structure.
Be prepared for some noise this summer as Williams College begins another round of construction.
Site work has already started this week on the next phase of a multiyear project to expand the Unified Science Center. The science center project will be completed in 2020 at an estimated cost of $204 million.
On Monday, the Taconic High School property will start to look like a construction site.
Superintendent Jason McCandless said workers from Maxymillian will begin the site work for the new high school Monday. Maxymillian won one of three early contracts put out by the city to get the $120.8 million new school.
"We have a construction trailer at Taconic and their work is going to start on Monday," McCandless said.