Selectman Joseph Nowak shared his discontent about the recent purchase of the former O'Connell's gas station at the close of Selectmen's meeting on Wednesday. He wanted the town to purchase to the property to expand congested parking at Hoosac Valley Elementary School.
The City Council officially accepted the Fort Massachusetts historical site as a gift from the Golub Cooperation.
"This is very important. This is ours and our hometown has a remarkable history and with this gift, the City of North Adams has the opportunity to provide the stability for the historical site of Fort Massachusetts," Wendy Champney, who has spearheaded the preservation effort, said Tuesday.
Price Chopper is making a gift of one of the city's oldest historical sites: Fort Massachusetts.
The park, which includes a chimney from the1930s replica and a plaque, sits in the northeast corner of the parking lot of the closed supermarket.
The city is planning to piggyback the 1-mile section in North Adams informally named for the late state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi, a longtime bike path proponent, onto the 2.5-mile route in Williamstown to tap into soon-to-expire federal scenic byway money.
The regional chain of convenience stores has long been rumored to be interested in the one-acre site. It began renovating and constructing larger centers with more amenities several years ago, including new buildings in Williamstown and at Hodges Cross Road and on Union Street.
The newly renovated First Street municipal parking lot reopened Tuesday.
The parking lot holds 241 vehicles and is available for both permit and metered parking. There are several marked spaces near the Fenn Street entrance (by MyCom) identified for metered parking only.
Simeon Bruner of Cambridge Development Corp., and principal of Bruner /Cott Architects, has offered $465,000 for the historic mill with the pledge to invest a minimum of $400,000 on facade and capital improvements within the next three years.
The city-owned buildings are in deplorable condition.
Director of Maintenance Dennis Guyer presented an overview of the current conditions of schools, fire stations, the senior center, city hall, and the library, most of which have long lists of work needed but few funds to do it.
"For the past 30 years the city of Pittsfield has made the decision to deprioritize and underfunded its building maintenance operations," Guyer said.
The City Council on Tuesday approved the borrowing of $1,498,550 to purchase and renovate the former Berkshire Anodizing building on Hodges Cross Road.
The vote to move to a second reading and publish as required by law was 8-1, with Councilor Robert M. Moulton Jr. casting the lone nay vote. Moulton expressed his concern at previous meetings of taking a commercial site off the city's tax rolls.
The City Council on Tuesday unanimously voted to match a $50,000 state grant to begin emergency repairs to 140-year-old Notre Dame Church.
The emergency preservation grant was awarded by Secretary of State William Galvin, as part of his oversight of the Massachusetts Historic Commission, will be matched with $50,000 from the city's stabilization fund. The stabilization fund has about $970,000 in it.
The City Council next week will be asked to appropriate $50,000 in emergency funding to match a state grant to fix Notre Dame Church.
Mayor Richard Alcombright sought $50,000 from Secretary of State William F. Galvin, who oversees the Massachusetts Historical Commission, to help in stabilizing the rear buttresses of the church. One buttress has partially collapsed and others show mortar weakness.
The city will enter into a purchase-and-sales agreement to purchase the former Berkshire Anodizing plant.
Tuesday's vote by the City Council comes after three weeks of debates over the cost and condition of the 85,000 square-foot shell building the administration plans to turn into a public services building.
The Finance Committee on Monday grilled administration officials on the proposed purchase of a defunct anodizing plant for use as a public services facility.
After two hours of questioning by committee and audience members, the three-person committee voted to recommend a purchase-and-sales agreement of $995,000 for the building at 59 Hodges Cross Road to the full City Council on Tuesday.
The interior of the former Aluminum Anodizing on Hodges Cross Road seems to go on forever.
Its abundance of space is exactly what Public Services Commissioner Timothy Lescarbeau is hoping to fill with trucks and mowers and sand and workshops.
"There's plenty of room in here," he said, in something of an understatement.