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North Adams Redevelopment Authority Agrees Reduce Restaurant Rent

A financially shaky Redevelopment Authority has agreed to reduce the rent for the Freight Yard Pub to keep funds flowing to manage its debt. The restaurant had began witholding rent this past spring until the authority addressed what it claimed were poor conditions in Western Gateway Heritage State Park.

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Pittsfield Schools Leasing More Space On Eagle Street

The School Department is increasing the amount of space it leases on Eagle Street. Earlier this year the department moved its Student Resource Center out of leased space at St. Luke's Square to Eagle Street. But, after moving into the fourth floor, it realized it was too small.

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Pittsfield Schools to Lease Space on Eagle For Off-Campus Program

The school department is leaving St. Luke's Square for smaller rental space on Eagle Street. The district ran the Student Resource Center out of leased space on Whipple Street. That lease expires at the end of June and the School Committee had previously voted to completely revamp the programs housed there, bringing nearly all of them into the schools themselves.

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Two Groups Interested In Leasing Cheshire School

Two different educational organizations have reached out to the Selectmen about leasing Cheshire Elementary School. Selectman Robert Ciskowski said he was against leasing the building at this time because he felt there were too many unknowns. He said he feared it would end up costing the town money.

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Waterstone Makes $20K Down Payment On Pittsfield Walmart Project

The developers of the proposed Walmart Supercenter at the William Stanley Business Park has put down $20,000 toward the purchase of the land. The Pittsfield Economic Development Authority extended the letter of intent with Waterstone Retail Development until the end of December, making more time for the two sides to reach a purchase and sales agreement. In good faith, Waterstone has put down a $20,000 non-refundable deposit toward the purchase.

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PERC Presents 31-Page Document Supporting Westwood Lease Agreements

Clairmont essentially put a halt to an ongoing debate over land leases at the Westwood Business Park on Monday night when he delivered a 31-page packet of documents outlining the history and supporting the agreements as they exist to the Airport Study Group.

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Airport Study Group Continues To Pry Into Westwood Leases

PERC President Jay Anderson doesn't think the development of the Westwood Center would have happened without FAA approval. But, the only correspondence with the federal aviation agency is a letter disapproving of the leases. Now, a study group is worried that the city could ultimately be on the hook to pay the FAA back for some 30 years worth of leases.

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Pittsfield Airport Study Group Questions FAA Compliance With Westwood Leases

The Airport Commission receives less than $2,000 a year from the seven businesses at the Westwood Center. In total, there is $20,312 generated in land leases from the park but 85 percent of that goes to the Pittsfield Economic Development Corporation, which developed the park in tandem with the city's Office of Community Development.

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North Adams Council OKs Long-Term Lease With Child Care of the Berkshires

The City Council on Tuesday approved a 25-year lease with Child Care of the Berkshires that will allow the nonprofit to apply for nearly a $1 million in grants. "We have really ambitious plans for the building," Anne Nemetz-Carlson, president and CEO of the agency, told the council on Tuesday. "We're a vibrant community place and we'd like to have a long-term lease."

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