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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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North Adams Eagle Street Initiative Launches; Exchange Project Grows

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.

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Pittsfield To Add Handicapped Parking Downtown

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.

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Pittsfield's Paintbox Public Art Program Returns

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.

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North Adams Makes Finalist for Small Biz Revolution

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.

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Small Business Revolution Spending 2 Days in North Adams

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.

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Small Business Revolution Coming to North Adams

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.

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Metered Parking Comes To Pittsfield In January

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.

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Motorama 2016 Fills Downtown North Adams With Classic Cars

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.

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North Adams Downtown Hosts Motorama This Weekend

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.

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North Adams Downtown Celebration Moved to Aug. 17

The event features food, shopping, entertainment, and activites from the participating local merchants, vendors, restaurants and organizations.

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North Adams' Motorama Featured on NESN Program

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.

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Five New Sculptures Being Installed in Downtown Pittsfield For 2016

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

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North Adams Church Selling Downtown Building

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.

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Pittsfield Asking State to Release Funds for Columbus Ave. Garage Rebuild

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

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State Community Affairs Director Tours Pittsfield to Start Dialogue

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

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