The local developer hadn't planned on moving offices, or buying a 100,000-square-foot historic mill, or being engaged in a half-dozen (at least) different ventures ranging from restaurants to college housing. Rather than a straight line, Moresi and his company have taken a circuitous path, shifting and adapting as the economy has changed and opportunities arose.
Phelps was previously located in Williamstown but opened shop in the Norad Mill on Roberts Drive in October. Nestled on the third floor in Suite 302, Phelps said she has already seen an uptick in business.
The Planning Board on Monday gave the OK to Evergreen Strategies LLC's proposal to develop a licensed marijuana establishment in the vacant 2,200 square-foot building, along with several conditions including disposal and lighting.
Owner and manager Wayne Gelinas appeared before the Planning Board on Monday with a presentation on how he will restore the closed gift shop, rebuild cabins and turn the residence into a wine and coffee bar. He anticipates the renovations and construction would be done in three phases.
The former Excelsior Print mill on Roberts Drive has been filling up with tenants since being purchased by developer David Moresi last spring. On Monday, they gave the OK to a yarn dyer, a computer repair shop and Moresi's own business office.
Just as important is the light-filled tasting room filled with an assortment of seating, unique tables and bric-a-brac the couple scouted out. It's a little bit industrial, a nod to the historic mill it calls home, but also very obviously a place to enjoy a glass of wine.
Jay Ash, secretary of housing and economic development, visited a manufacturer making cords for heating train tracks, toured a coffee roasting facility, saw a demonstration of a high-tech training simulator for golfers, spoke with the owner of a photovoltaic company and popped his head into a small business that makes museum exhibition furniture.
But he didn't have to travel around North County to see them. All these businesses — and more — are within a few feet or a floor away from each oth