Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity's Gordon Deming project is a go.
The non-profit received the local permits needed on Tuesday for the six-unit, three-building condominium project. The project has been in the works for a decade when Berkshire Gas first donated the property on Deming Street and Executive Director Carolyn Valli believes it will be out to bid in March.
Habitat for Humanity, which was chosen by the town's Affordable Housing Trust to build two single-family homes at the corner of Cole Avenue and Maple Street, is looking for help from a local resident or business.
Habitat for Humanity's long-awaited Gordon Deming condominium project will continue to be long-awaited.
Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity is now thinking it will be unlikely to break ground on the $1.1 million project this fall as it works through the permitting process. The project was heralded by city and state officials when Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, who awarded a $425,000 grant toward it last November but lining up permitting had proven to be a challenge.
At noon on Tuesday, all of the Berkshire Bank branches and operational centers closed.
But, those employees were not far away. In Pittsfield, 150 of them could be found in a vacant storefront on Merrill Road wearing hard hats and putting together wall panels for the soon to be construction of Habitat for Humanity's six-unit Gordon Demming. Others were at the former St. Mark's school cleaning up the playgrounds for Hillcrest Education.
The Affordable Housing Trust voted to let Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity to proceed with a plan to build two houses on a Cole
Avenue lot. The nonprofit had applied to build three single-family homes.
After January's community forum where a number of neighbors objected to the idea of three homes on the parcel, Habitat came back to the Affordable Housing Trust for direction before the non-profit goes any further in its design process.
Habitat for Humanity in December discussed with the Affordable Housing Trust subdividing the parcel to create a third lot, a division that would be easier under the commonwealth's Chapter 40B provision, which gives relief from local zoning to subsidized housing projects.
Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity Building Project Manager Paul Austin explained how the group plans to build three two-story homes of about 1,200-square feet, subdividing the lot into three separate housing parcels.
Last February, Diane Sturtevant and Norma DelSonno looked at each other, knowing what the other was thinking.
They jumped into the car and took off from the Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity Office and drove to 92 Clarendon Street, which was then just a snow covered lot. DelSonno looked over the site would have enough of a yard for her family to build a snowman.
Eight years ago Berkshire Gas donated a parcel of land on Deming Street to Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity.
The non-profit worked with White Engineering to design a condominium project featuring three buildings, with two units in each.
On Sunday, Kelly Bordeau and her daughter Danni, 11, took possession of a three-bedroom house, becoming Rice's neighbor and the final owner in the cluster of Habitat houses built or renovated on West Shaft Road.
The trust voted, 7-0, to authorize a purchase-and-sales agreement with Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity, the only respondent to the request for proposal the trustees issued on lots it purchased on Summer Street and at the corner of Cole Avenue and Maple Street.
The Affordable Housing Trust last week received one response for its request for proposals to develop a couple of building lots.
But at its Wednesday meeting, the trust's board held off on committing to the respondent.
Norma Delsonno's five children had never built a snowman.
The family lived in apartment buildings with little for yards and neighborhood kids would likely knock it over anyway. This winter thought, she was approved to become a homeowner through Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity. When a snowstorm hit shortly after she and her husband drove the children up to a vacant lot on Clarendon Street where next winter she'll move into her new home.
Participants should register for the Do-it-Yourself contest at ReStore, 399 Hubbard Ave., by March 25 to get their project materials and chance to win the grand prize, a $100 certificate to the ReStore.
"Trouble at the Tropicabana," a spoof of the classic "I Love Lucy" series with movie moguls, kingpins, slapstick, music and dancing is being produced by the Drury Stage Company Comedic Arts Service Troupe to raise money for Habitat for Humanity.
It was five years ago when Sheerece Adams started working with a financial coach, Steve Wentworth.
The years following included tough times, times when Adams wanted to quit, times when Adams was near tears. But a few years later, the checklist was much shorter. Then it was a focus on getting rid of old debt and putting in the 400 hours of sweat equity with Habitat for Humanity.
It's coming up on tax time, a chance to catch up on bills, build a savings, or make investments. And there are community groups just waiting to help people with the filing.
The Berkshire United Way and the Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity have put together a pool of volunteers to help individuals and families file income tax with the IRS securely and for free through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program.
Members of the community, schools, churches, local businesses and community organizations are invited to purchase miniature artificial trees for $7 each to decorate and contribute to the showcase and raffle or for personal use.