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Williamstown Planners Define Housing Issue for Consultants

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.

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New Clocktower Owners Eye 'Adaptive Reuse' of Historic Building

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.

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North Adams Considering Incentives to Improve Housing

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.

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North Adams May Push Landlords to Act Against Drug-Dealing Tenants

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.

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Williamstown Planning Board Discusses Ideas for Less Restrictive Zoning

"I think there's a need for all levels of housing in our community." — Amy Jeschawitz

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Williamstown Planning Board Looking at Subdivision Rules

"Another group of people I've found is older, long-term Williamstown people who are 'tired of those landscape bills.'" — Ann McCallum

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