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Pittsfield Councilors Seek New Funding Source For 'At Home' Program

The four city councilors who killed the mayor's home improvement program are seeking a resurrection. Councilors Christopher Connell, Melissa Mazzeo, Kevin Morandi, and Anthony Simonelli filed a joint petition calling on the mayor to organize a working group to find a different funding source. The four had voted against the program which eyed to use $250,000 of the General Electric Economic Development Fund to help residents make exterior repairs to their homes.

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Council Sends Tyer's 'At Home' Program Back For More Work

The City Council sent Mayor Linda Tyer's proposed home improvement back for further consideration. The mayor had petitioned for $250,000 from the Pittsfield Economic Development Fund to start "At Home In Pittsfield," a program to help residents make exterior home improvements or purchase fixer-uppers and make those improvements.

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Pittsfield Council Subcommittee Supports Tyer's Home Renovation Program

Mayor Linda Tyer's At Home in Pittsfield program has the support of the City Council's Community and Economic Development subcommittee on Tuesday. The mayor is asking for $250,000 from the General Electric Economic Development plan for the program eyed to spur renovations to homes. The funds would then be available as zero-interest loans for homeowners or those purchasing a home to make repairs to the exterior of the homes.

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Tyer Pitches Program To Help Residents Make Home Improvements

Mayor Linda Tyer is looking to help residents who improve their homes. Tyer announced "At Home in Pittsfield," a program in which the city will provide zero-interest loans to residents for undertaking certain home improvement projects. The effort is one aimed to improve the again housing stock in the city.

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Pittsfield Council Forgives $2.5M in Beacon Cinema Debt

It wasn't really a difficult decision. But it is a wildly unpopular one late Tuesday night when the City Council approved by an 8-2 margin to forgive some $2.5 million in debt to the Beacon Cinema in order to help facilitate a sale of the historic downtown building. The former Kinnell and Kresge building was renovated in 2008 through a public-private partnership to the tune of $22.1 million. The financial package was specifically designed to take advantage of new market tax credits, which bro

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Beacon Cinema: From Blockbuster Hopes to Roll Credits?

It is a situation nobody wanted to happen, and one nobody really thought would happen given the way the movie industry was more than a decade ago. But now the City Council is asked to take the unpopular vote of forgiving the debt to save the cinema or to take the unpopular vote of letting the theater die.

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Pittsfield Approves Incentive For LTI Smart Glass

The City Council approved a $580,000 tax incentive to help LTI Smart Glass expand its Federico Drive facility. The company is looking to add 16,692 square feet to its facility and add 38 jobs at a minimum. And the company is investing in equipment to perform work it currently farms out to other states, here in Pittsfield.

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Pittsfield Allocates $1 Million Toward BIC Construction

The city is putting forth $1 million from the G.E. Economic Development Fund to jumpstart the stalled construction of the Berkshire Innovation Center. The City Council unanimously approved using the money to help cover a $3 million funding gap for a 20,000 square-foot facility at the William Stanley Business Park. The remaining $2 million is expected to come from the state.

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