The presentation by Eammon Coughlin, senior transportation planner with the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, reviewed three designs presented to the public over the summer and two modifications based feedback.
Kevin Strahle traveled all the way from his home in New Jersey to compete in the Jack's Hot Dog Stand eating contest on Eagle Street on a sweltering Saturday.
But because of some late intestinal distress, he did not take the title home with him.
But sometime Tuesday night between 8:30 and the discovery at 10:15 one or more persons entered the dark park and trashed the plantings. Staff at Desperados restaurant nearby did their best to replant what they could.
This past Friday saw a singular bump in attendance as members of the Berkshire Leadership Academy saw an opportunity to share data and impressions they've collected on the city over the past two weeks. Some of the 67 participants of the program at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts mingled with residents, business and community leaders as the gathering spilled onto Eagle Street and the sidewalk.
The manufactured pocket park built by B&B Micro-Manufacturing, a local tiny house construction company, takes up about two parking spots on the west side of the one-way street. It offers plenty of seating and counter space for eating and solar lighting for the evening.
The vote to give Michael Gazal and Veso Buntic of Long Island, N.Y., operating as Eagle Street Holding LLC, a special permit for a change of use to convert the building into a contemporary 27-room hotel was unanimous, but it came with one contingency: that the hotel be responsible for preventing guests from double-parking while checking in.
Plans drawn up by Barry Berg Architect of Brooklyn, N.Y., would create 27 double-occupancy rooms of varying size, each with private bath, in the 3,330 square-foot building. The two storefronts are envisioned to become restaurant and bar spaces.
New projects this year include the funding for the two feasibility studies, the first of which would look at turning Eagle Street into a European-style "woonerf," or shared space, using paving and landscaping to slow traffic.