The Board of Health wants landlords to make their properties smoke free.
The Health Department doesn't have authority to demand landlords adopt smoke-free policies but are rolling out resources to guide landlords on how to do so. The board feels that second-hand smoke is a health concern and in homes is where most second-hand smoke occurs.
According to slides presented that were based on data from Berkshire County Regional Housing Authority, for example, 33 percent of people in Berkshire County are renters; that number jumps to 48 percent in North Adams and 41 percent in Adams, while Williamstown numbers match the county average.
Town Administrator Mark Webber told the board Tuesday that BRPC recently reached out to him to see if the town was interested in utilizing a state Department of Housing and Community Development program that allows residents to apply for grants that permit them to make improvements to their homes.
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.
Allegrone Construction has completed a $9 million renovation of the historic Onota Building on North Street.
The company held an open house on Wednesday to show off the 25 rental units, rooftop deck, and six retail spaces. Already more than half of the housing units have been leased with move in day just a few weeks away on Nov. 15.
Thursday's meeting of the Zoning Board of Appeals was a study in irony.
The board members rejected a request from a resident they clearly appeared to want to help and approved a special permit under a bylaw about which several members clearly have reservations.
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.
The Zoning Board of Appeals last week approved special permits that will keep the Cable Mills housing project on track to add 14 more housing units.
Phase 1 of the Water Street project — the renovation of the existing mill building — was completed in the spring and is nearly fully occupied, the developer told the ZBA at its Thursday meeting.
The Planning Board is moving forward on its objective of opening up housing options in the Village Beautiful.
Earlier this month, the panel developed a narrative outlining its concerns to submit to two Eastern Massachusetts consultants who hope to work with the town.
The new owners of the historic Sheaffer-Eaton mill, now known as the Clocktower Building, are looking to modernize the entire building to fit today's business needs.
The building whose anchor tenants include the Berkshire Eagle and Berkshire Health Systems was purchased by Scarafoni Associates under a new holding company Clocktower Partners LLC. for $1 million. In the next few years, the company is looking to invest millions into it to attract small businesses.
The city will look into incentives to support housing improvements.
The initial proposal by City Councilor Keith Bona that was referred to the Community Development Committee was altered slightly after he did more information on Gateway Cities opportunities.
The city may begin notifying landlords of tenants' criminal behavior - and possibly hold them liable.
A communication by Councilor Keith Bona urging the city to look at ordinances that at least would require notification to landlords of police raids or arrests up to the potential of fines and forced evictions was referred to committee at his request.