The church property was one of four parcels put out to bid in July. Mayor Thomas Bernard is asking that the council authorize him to enter into a purchase-and-sales agreement with The Square Office LLC.
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.