For the third time in four months, the City Council said it wants to have a full conversation about downtown parking.
But it still hasn't determined how to do that - whether that means hiring a consultant or doing it internally. On Tuesday, the council agreed to have the city solicitor craft an order to have the newly constructed Summer Street surface lot have 90 minutes of free parking instead of the current 30 minutes. But not before many councilors pled for a wider examination of the overa
City Hall is the latest to be lit up with multi-color lights by Berkshire Lightscapes. And more of downtown is on deck.
Berkshire Lightscapes privately raised more than $50,000, which was matched by a state grant, to install kinetic lights in Dunham Mall, City Hall, and Park Square. Concurrently, downtown building owners are working on joining the effort to light up their own buildings with the Shipton Building expected to be lit in in the coming weeks.
The Department of Community Development is hoping to make it easier for businesses to redevelop downtown.
The department is closing in on new zoning for the downtown district that will open up the possibilities for businesses to seek permits by right. The adoption of form-based zoning would be a switch from dictating uses to focusing on what any type of redevelopment would look like.
The restaurant, located in the former Brewhaha space on Marshall Street, opened for business last Friday. Right now, it's open from 11 to 4 seven days a week and offers n build-your-own salads, beverages and specialty coffees, including a nitro cold-brew, although Emery says it plans to expand in hours and offerings as it goes along.
In 1906 the Berkshire Railway System constructed a building on Seymour Street to host a steam boiler and large electrical generators to power the trolley cars going up and down North Street.
Six years later the facility was too small. The railroad built a new one on East Street and vacated the Seymour Street building. The Polish community, however, saw that all other groups had their own churches and started petitioning the Catholic Diocese of Springfield for one. In 1921, the diocese grante