Williams College hopes to start expanding the Spring Street parking lot as soon as this fall.
The college's director of real estate and legal affairs was at Town Hall on Monday to explain the project to the Board of Selectmen and ask its permission to seek a modification to a 2008 special permit on the site.
Despite a recommendation to deny the proposed handicapped parking spaces, the City Council adopted a measure increasing the number of downtown spaces.
The additional spots have been a long time coming when Ward 4 Councilor Christopher Connell pressed the issue of the number of issues on North Street.
The Traffic Commission was unable to come up with a plan to ease traffic congestion around Deming Park on game days.
The park with both Little League and Babe Ruth playing fields is packed during the baseball season, with cars overflowing form the parking lot and lining the sides of Newell Street and Meadow Lane. Ward 3 Councilor Nicholas Caccamo put forth two petitions aimed to ease that burden - one to eliminate parking on Boise, Newell, and Mead
The Traffic Commission rejected plan increasing the number of handicapped parking spaces on the city's four main commercial streets.
Ward 4 Councilor Christopher Connell put forth a petition calling for additional handicapped parking spaces on North, South, Tyler, and Elm Streets. He then identified spots with the commissioner of public services, Downtown Pittsfield, the Commission on Disabilities and the city engineer to develop a plan.
The First Street parking lot is set for a rehabilitation.
The city awarded Maxymillian the contract to overhaul the 241-space municipal lot and in the end parking kiosks are planned to be installed. According to Commissioner of Public Services David Turocy, the construction is expected to start when weather allows this spring and conclude by June 30
Community Development Director Donna Cesan said this year's Community Development Block Grant application reflects the strategic plan approved by the Selectmen in 2015 for community and downtown development. The maximum the town can apply for this year is $800,000 and the deadline is March 10. Adams should know by late summer if it is being awarded the money.
The Licensing Board is looking to add on a processing fee for alcohol license holders who make changes mid-year.
The fees would be tacked on to such transactions like changing of hours or changing of managers which are done outside of the annual renewal or up all of the annual renewal fees.
Parking on North Street will cost $1 an hour as of Nov. 1, pending City Council approval, with the implementation of metered parking.
For the downtown core, the rate for the areas of North, South and Depot streets will be $1 per hour. In a secondary zone, which is the municipal lots and garages, the fees will be 50 cents an hour. And in the future, the areas around Berkshire Medical Center will jump to $3 an hour.
The City Council on Tuesday rejected a plan to put meters in the Central Street parking lot.
The vote was unanimous; Councilor Ronald Boucher was absent.
The ordinance, which would have made the Center Street parking fees the same as other spaces, had already been published and passed to a second reading on a vote of 7-2 two weeks.
Downtown residents and businesses were loud and clear on the idea of metered parking in the Center Street lot: Just hold off.
Nearly two dozen people attended Tuesday's Public Safety Committee meeting to weigh in on an ordinance change that would end two-hour free parking and restore parking meters to some 60 parking spots in the Center Street lot.
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.
Ward 4 Councilor Christopher Connell says it is a "disgrace" that there is no handicapped parking on Elm or West Street.
There is only one on Tyler Street and that was only recently added. The few on North are in locations without a nearby curbcut. There isn't even one in front of a store on North Street which sells motorized wheelchairs. It's unacceptable for Connell.
An unconvinced City Council on Tuesday referred a proposal to restore parking meters to the Center Street parking lot to committee.
The lot has had a parking-ticket kiosk for a number of years, but it's been broken for at least four. Police Director Michael Cozzaglio had approached the Traffic Commission about restoring the meters last month, saying it was impossible to enforce parking limits in the short- and long-term areas.
Williams College and the Chamber of Commerce believe they have solutions in place to avoid a repeat of last summer's parking woes on Spring Street, and they're asking downtown merchants to be part of the answer.
In 2015, parking inventory in the Village Business District was squeezed by construction vehicles related to the college's renovation of the Log pub on Spring Street.
Plans to replace the crumbling Columbus Avenue garage are "shovel" ready but the state still hasn't released more than $6 million earmarked for it.
The top level of the garage has been closed since August 2014 when city officials at the time determined the concrete beams were pulling away from the supporting structure. The move reduced parking spots in the structure by 156. Earlier that year the state earmarked $6 million in a transportation bond bill and now city officials are pushing for th
Residents of Greylock Valley Apartments are being put on notice that their cars will be ticketed if they're not parked in the appropriate spots.
Williams Schrade of the North Adams Housing Authority formally asked the Traffic Commission on Monday for help with policing drivers who were parking on the green space between the street and sidewalk in the housing project.
Williams College and its contractor believe they have a solution to the problem of workers parking in a downtown parking lot during construction projects.
The practice frustrated downtown merchants during last summer's renovation of the college's Spring Street tavern. A looming five-year project to build a new science center near the village business district has raised serious concerns among business owners.