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North Adams Arts Commission Endorses BCRC Grant Pursuit

The Public Art Commission has given its blessings to DownStreet Art to apply for a grant to fund the installation of public art for its 10th anniversary. Berkshire Cultural Resource Center Program Manager Michelle Daly told the commissioners Thursday said she plans to apply for some grants and through them request $100,000 to install two new pieces of public art on city-owned property.

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Mountaintop Solar Array Draws Complaints in North Adams

A joint public hearing of the City Council and Planning Board on a proposed solar ordinance was highjacked by complaints about a large commercial solar array already under construction. Two arrays by the Clean Energy Collective totaling 1.32 megawatts are being constructed on either side of the high tension wires on Reservoir Road and Furnace and Witt streets. The work just above what's commonly known as Coca-Cola Ledge can be easily seen from the east side of the city.

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North Adams Arts Commission Seeking More Authority

The new Public Arts Commission is already seeking to expand its limited abilities. The commission will ask the City Council to consider ordinance changes that will allow it to be more active in promoting public art in the city.

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Meeting Set for Input on North Adams Parking Lot Changes

The City Council on Tuesday night passed a controversial parking ordinance to a second reading. But that doesn't mean the debate is over. The decision to move forward with changing the cost for parking in the Center Street lot — and eliminating the free first two hours — may still face opposition when it reappears in two weeks.

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Pittsfield Board Weighs Historic Demolitions

Three more antiquated residential properties in the city will soon be demolished, along with a well-known business that thrived throughout most of the 20th century. Having reviewed hundreds of such demolition requests on aging buildings over the past decade, the Historical Commission is ready to revise the ordinance language under which it performs its primary function.

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City Cab Owner's Demise Causes Delay in Planning Board Hearing

"I worry that if we go ahead with this we will be told we did the wrong thing. That's my concern." — Chairman Michael Leary

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Committee Approves Changes To North Adams Zoning Ordinances

“The city was built out in a very tight manner, and everyone walked to work so they didn’t have cars and they didn’t need the space we have these days.” — William Meranti

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North Adams Council Refers Zoning Ordinance to Solicitor

"Probably 75 percent of the lots today are nonconforming. As it stands now, you need city permission to rebuild your house." — Wayne Wilkinson

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North Adams Residents Asked for Patience as DPW Clears Snow

"The last week and a half, two weeks have been very taxing on our crews and on our equipment." — Mayor Richard Alcombright

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North Adams Panel Recommends Public Art Committee

"These murals that are awesome, at some point or the other, will not be so awesome, and there needs to be someone who will figure it out." — Erica Manville

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