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Williamstown Encourages Short-Term Rental Owners to Register with State

Late last year, in response to the explosion in short-term rentals because of the success of online services like Airbnb and VRBO, the Legislature passed a regulatory regime that was signed into law by Gov. Charlie Baker.

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North Adams' Tourists Repurposing Historic Farmhouse as Restaurant

It marks a significant change in the resort's plans for a fine-dining restaurant on Massachusetts Avenue that guests at the State Road motel would have accessed via a bucolic trail over the river.

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Adams to Update Emergency Management Plan

The move comes after a water-boil order that highlighted communications issues between governing boards and two storms that caused severe damage.

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North Adams City Council Authorizes Sale of Notre Dame

The City Council on Tuesday voted 8-1 in favor of a plan to develop a hotel complex in the long-vacant Notre Dame property.

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$18.5M Notre Dame Hotel Proposal on North Adams Council Agenda

The church property was one of four parcels put out to bid in July. Mayor Thomas Bernard is asking that the council authorize him to enter into a purchase-and-sales agreement with The Square Office LLC.

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North Adams Conservation Commission Sees Porches Plans

he Conservation Commission gave the Porches its blessing to go forward with an expansion. Charlie LaBatt, of Guntlow & Associates, went over the Porches’ plan to expand parking and green space on their campus as well as plans to remediate the former Sunshine Pools property across the street.

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North Adams Planners Advise Zoning Change for Tourists Project

The petition by the owners of the motel development and adjacent properties would take more than a half-dozen parcels purchased over the last several years and a section owned by the state's Division of Fisheries and Wildlife now in four different zones and consolidate them under one designation, CC-1.

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North Adams Planners Approve Plans for Eagle Street Hotel

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.

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Historic Eagle Street Building Eyed for Hotel Conversion

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.

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State Senate Passes Short-Term Rental Bill

The legislation would generate an estimated $34.5 million and $25.5 million in state and local revenues, respectively, based on the most recent Senate Ways and Means Fiscal Impact Report. The expanded tax base will automatically apply to all 175-plus cities and towns that have already adopted the local room occupancy excise to date.

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Pittsfield Crowne Plaza To Become Holiday Inn

The Crowne Plaza will transition into a Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites. General Manager Charles Burnick said the licensing agreement with Intercontinental Hotels Group to operate as a Crowne Plaza expired and the decision was made to renovate the entire building to become a Holiday Inn. IHG operates both Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn brands.

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New Williams College Inn Clears Final Regulatory Hurdle

On Thursday night, Williams College received the final regulatory approval it needed to build a 64-room, 60,000-square foot inn at the bottom of Spring Street to replace the current 100-room inn at the Field Park rotary at the junction of Routes 2 and 7.

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Williams Inn Project's Approval Pushed Back a Week

The Conservation Commission on Thursday heard feedback from the town's consulting engineer on Williams College's application to build a new Williams Inn and decided to continue the hearing on the project for at least one more week.

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Williamstown Zoning Board OKs College Inn and Parking Lot Project

The Zoning Board of Appeals last week gave its blessing to the new Williams Inn project. The board issued five special permits needed for construction of the inn at the bottom of Spring Street and the expansion of the college-owned municipal parking lot nearby.

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North Adams Planners OK Porches Inn Structure

The Planning Board on Monday gave final approval for the Porches Inn to construct a new building where its patrons can have breakfast. The inn, operating as Berkshire Hills Development Co. LLC, purchased four parcels along Veazie Street and plans to demolish two buildings on them to make room for the gathering center.

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Williamstown Zoning Board Weighs College's Hotel, Parking Lot Plan

The Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday continued its hearing on Williams College's applications for special permits to allow construction of a new inn and the reconfiguration of the public parking lot at the bottom of Spring Street.

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Williamstown Planning Board OKs Inn Project; Zoning Board Next

Williams College's plans for a new Williams Inn on Spring Street cleared one regulatory hurdle on Tuesday and face another test on Thursday at Town Hall. The Planning Board on Tuesday gave its blessing to the 64-room inn, which the college hopes to have online by the spring of 2019.

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North Adams ZBA Approves Special Permit for Porches Project

Porches Inn was given a special permit and waivers that will allow it to begin process for a new building on Veazie Street. Attorney Jeffrey Grandchamp of Grinnell Partners LLC, representing the inn, said two of the structures — 10 and 18-20 Veazie — would be demolished to make way for a standalone building largely for use as a breakfast or gathering location.

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Failed Williamstown Hotel Applicant Weighs Legal Options

Williamstown attorney Donald Dubendorf said his client, Vipul "Vinny" Patel, was "disappointed" with Thursday's Zoning Board of Appeals decision denying him four special permits needed to develop a three-story, 77-room hotel at 562 Main St., the so-called Lehovec property.

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Williamstown ZBA Denies Hotel Bid for Lehovec Property

A divided Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday ruled against four applications for special permits that would have allowed the development of a 77-room, three-story hotel at 562 Main St. The application to develop the so-called Lehovec property on Route 2 next to the former Agway met with fierce opposition from residents in the neighboring Colonial Village development.

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Williamstown Con Comm OKs Plan for Main Street Hotel

The Conservation Commission last week approved plans for a proposed hotel at 562 Main St. The commission held a public hearing on the notice of intent from local hotelier Vipul "Vinny" Patel, who is seeking town approval for a three-story, 77-room hotel at the site commonly known as the Lehovec Property.

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Red Lion Reopens Dining Room With $1M Renovated Kitchen

The Red Lion Inn bakes more than 6,000 muffins and some 1,300 of its famous apple pies every year. So when bakeshop in the multiroom kitchen showed signs of structural distress, inn management decided if it was time to revamp this very important area, why not do the whole kitchen over?

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North Adams City Council Refers Zoning Proposal, Adopts Resolution

The City Council on Tuesday night referred a proposed zoning change that would allow the Porches Inn to expand northward along Veazie Street.

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Williamstown ZBA Continues Hearing on Lehovec Property Hotel

The Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday decided to continue its hearing on issuing special permits to allow a 77-room hotel at 562 Main St. At the end of a marathon meeting marked by repeated concerns from neighboring residents, the ZBA voted to hold a site visit before its May 18 meeting, at which it hopes to conclude its deliberations.

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Another Hotel Proposal Heads to Williamstown's Town Hall

Attorney Donald Dubendorf said if the hotel is approved, developer Vipul "Vinny" Patel plans to seek a partnership with one of the large hotel chains currently missing from the Williamstown market. Although his client operates a "mom and pop" motel currently, Patel realizes the industry is changing and potential guests are drawn to the kind of franchised properties currently popping up in Pittsfield and South County.

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