Two big initiatives are launching this summer and next to promote elements of North Adams downtown area.
It's a year away, but the $60,000 NAMAzing Eagle Street Initiative, or NESI, will reinvigorate the city's historic byway with new signs, social spaces, art installations and clearly marked entrances for pedestrians and motorists.
Despite a recommendation to deny the proposed handicapped parking spaces, the City Council adopted a measure increasing the number of downtown spaces.
The additional spots have been a long time coming when Ward 4 Councilor Christopher Connell pressed the issue of the number of issues on North Street.
Last year the seemingly ordinary utility boxes throughout the downtown was transformed into colorful and vibrant pieces of art. Now, it is time to do some more.
The Artscape Committee announced the return of the paintbox program, which is an art competition with eight winners decorating the utility boxes on North Street. The project takes the boring, gray utility boxes and turns them into public art.
North Adams has been named one of five finalists for a half-million dollar downtown boost.
The announcement was made early Thursday morning on Facebook Live by the Small Business Revolution initiative. More than two dozen supporters were at the Holiday Inn to cheer the results.
The Small Business Revolution is a movement spearheaded by Deluxe Corp. to highlight the challenges and opportunities of small towns and local businesses across the nation. For the second year, it's picking one small town to highlight. North Adams made the semifinals along with seven other communities for a visit by the team and Amanda Brinkman, Deluxe's chief brand and communications officer.
Local officials are encouraging residents to put a smile on this Thursday and Friday to welcome representatives from the Small Business Revolution.
The program is doing a scouting trip in and around the downtown this week to weigh the possibility of North Adams making the final cut for a $500,000 downtown marketing and makeover boost.
Metered parking downtown will start in the new year.
The city will be installing the new parking kiosks on North Street and in the First Street and McKay lots in December and the program will go live on Jan. 3.
Well more than 400 cars and other engine-equipped items packed into the city's downtown on Sunday for the 6th annual Motorama.
The blue skies were a far cry from torrential rains that hit the city five years ago to the day when Tropical Storm Irene roared through. Instead, hundreds of people wandered along Main Street and Monument Square, and through the Steeple City Plaza admiring the shiny automobiles.
The 6th annual Motorama will roar back into the city on Sunday, Aug. 28, from 9 to 3.
Main, Holden and Eagle streets will be closed to all but pedestrian traffic as downtown North Adams fills with cars, trucks, motorcycles, snowmobiles, tractors and more. Anything with a motor is welcome.
Tune into NESN on Sunday at 5 p.m. or Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. to catch scenes from the 5th annual Motorama.
The car show featured more than 500 vehicles last August and drew thousands downtown to admire the beautiful machines, grab a bite to eat and shop.
City workers installed Thursday the second of five new public art sculptures downtown.
"We have three more sculptures to come in this year," Recreation Activities Coordinator Department of Community Development Becky Manship said. "We're hoping to get those in within the next week, week and a half or so."
At Persip Park Artist Joe Chirchirillo delivered his "Wildflower" sculpture and city workers installed it. The cement piece will stand in the park throughout the summer and beyond. Last
First Congregational Church is selling off retail property on Ashland Street that it's owned for more than 100 years.
Lois Daunis, a member of the congregation's Facilities Committee, said the decision was made in late 2014 to divest the 1960-building because it no longer suited the church's needs.
Plans to replace the crumbling Columbus Avenue garage are "shovel" ready but the state still hasn't released more than $6 million earmarked for it.
The top level of the garage has been closed since August 2014 when city officials at the time determined the concrete beams were pulling away from the supporting structure. The move reduced parking spots in the structure by 156. Earlier that year the state earmarked $6 million in a transportation bond bill and now city officials are pushing for th
Mayor Linda Tyer led a tour around downtown Pittsfield for member's of the governor's staff as the two administrations start a dialogue.
State Community Affairs Director Hodari Cail joined a cadre of local officials and business leaders to see some of the highlights of Pittsfield's downtown revitalization efforts over the last decade or so. Tyer led the tour which brought the group to the likes of the Berkshire Museum, Hotel on North, Barrington Stage, the Colonial Theater and even the parkin