The effort to create 46 units of subsidized housing on a town-owned site cleared an important regulatory hurdle on Thursday night.
But it likely will be a couple of years before any shovels go in the ground.
The Conservation Commission has approved the development plan for the former Photech mill property at 330 Cole Ave.
The Redwood Motel developers are laying the groundwork for a pedestrian bridge over the Hoosic River and hiking trails on the river's north side.
The 210-foot bridge, 300 feet total from side to side, will span the river from behind the 200-year-old farmhouse on State Road at a slight angle to the north side to connect to the proposed trails and park area. The bridge is designed by Daniel Proper of Proper & O'Leary Engineering.
A crew of volunteers spent Tuesday installing new trail markers in and around Stone Hill as part of an ongoing project to make town and privately owned hiking trails more accessible and user-friendly.
The paths cover property owned by the Clark Art Institute, the town, Williams College, WRLF, the Buxton School and others.
The Conservation Commission has approved some small modifications of the Greylock Glen trail plan in the preparation of public bidding.
Paul Jahnige, with the state Department of Conservation and Recreation, asked the commission last week to make minor tweaks to the plan, including eliminating some trails, cutting back on unneeded erosion control, and restoring current trails instead of building new ones.
The Clark Art Institute has the go-ahead from the town to install a solar photovoltaic installation on its property.
The museum's partner, Framingham-based Ameresco, Inc., was before the Conservation Commission last week to explain the project and get its approval to proceed without a Notice of Intent, which would have triggered a much more rigorous review.
WRLF has posted at the trailhead of three of its trails a QR (Quick Response) code that will enable a hiker with a smartphone who simply scans the QR code to download a trail map and a trail description, providing information about the length of the trail and its degree of difficulty, and describing the natural features to be encountered along the way.
Grab your water bottle, boots and boundless curiosity about the woods that surround you and join the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation for a series of guided hikes this summer and fall.
The non-profit is offering a series of seven Saturday morning hikes that began on May 21 and continue this Saturday to help expose hikers of all abilities — or even no ability — to some of the trails it manages or helps manage in and around the Village Beautiful.