Pittsfield to Study Parking Management, Hold Open House

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city will undertake a sustainable parking management study downtown and the study team will host an open house to gather input from the city at the Colonial Theater lobby on Dec. 5 from 4 to 8 p.m.
Attendees can come and go to the open house for as little or long as needed.
The management study will provide framework to make parking an asset to continued downtown growth in its arts, retail and mixed-use developments.
A plan may include the introduction of on-street paid parking, new technology, changes to downtown employee parking permits, updates to way-finding and directional signage, improved enforcement efficiency and more. In addition, complementary issues such as intersection improvements and circulation patterns, bicycle routes and parking, and public transportation will be evaluated. The evaluation team will also review the administrative structure, governing entities, parking finances, and general operations to ensure that the recommendations of this effort can be implemented efficiently and effectively, according to the city's statement.
For more information, contact Laurie Mick in the Department of Community Development Office at 413-499-9368.
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Environment Secretary Visits Pittsfield

Kathleen Theoharides, secretary of energy and environmental affairs, visits the site of culvert project in Pittsfield being funded through the state's climate readiness program.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides was in Pittsfield on Friday to review a state-funded culvert site and meet with local officials to discuss the state's climate readiness program. 
She joined Mayor Linda Tyer at the Churchill Street culvert, a site which recently received grant funding through the state's Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Program. The city was awarded an $814,524 state grant in June for the Churchill Brook and West Street Culvert Replacement Project.
Through the MVP program, which begun in 2017, municipalities identify key climate-related hazards, vulnerabilities and strengths, develop adaptation actions, and prioritize next steps. The initiative which initially started as a $500,000 capital grant program has now increased to $12 million. Pittsfield is among the 71 percent of communities across the commonwealth now enrolled in the MVP program.
"The governor and the lieutenant governor have made resilient infrastructure a priority all across the state and I think it's really important to know that we have a really vested interest in Western Massachusetts communities as well as all across the state, not forgetting the Berkshires or Pioneer Valley," said Theoharides in a statement. "Our MVP program is really focused on these types of partnership investments and looking to design infrastructure for the challenges we're seeing today and moving forward as climate change increases."
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