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The Flood House is currently owned by the city's Housing Authority and multiple organizations have shown interest in taking over the site.

Soldier On Seeking North Adams Expansion

By Andy McKeeveriBerkshires Staff
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Soldier On is looking for city properties to open a veterans' community.

According to Soldier On CEO John "Jack" Downing, the nonprofit has asked city officials about available buildings to develop a community.

Soldier On works in collaboration with the Veterans Affairs to help homeless veterans back onto their feet. In North Adams, the group would be looking to open a veterans' community with limited equity housing like the one they opened in Pittsfield in 2010.

"We would like to be in North Adams because our veterans thrive in working class communities," Downing said recently. "We like to do things in Berkshire County because it's our home."

Soldier On is building communities in multiple states. Downing said there are about 15 capital projects in the works but a North Adams community would be only the second one in the county. The limited equity housing communities are built by Soldier On with state funds and then transferred to a holding company made up of the veterans that live there.

"We're not a burden on the taxes," Downing said. "I would love to do something in North Adams."

Soldier On owns the land but the community, in which veterans buy shares, owns the buildings, he said. The community is run by veterans and their rental fees go toward taxes and operating expenses. Any profit goes back to the veterans.

Downing was setting up tours of a couple sites in the city, including the former Flood House on Church Street. Housing Authority Chairman Marie Harpin had confirmed that the organization had shown interest in the house.

The Flood House is owned by the Housing Authority and Harpin said there are other organizations, such as the Brien Center, that have expressed interest in the site.

Downing said once he looks at a site and determines that it is feasible to develop, it will be up to the organization's development committee to sort out the funding and planning.
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Mass MoCA to Readies for Summer Restaurant, Season

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff

A conceptual image of the restaurant.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A Georgian restaurant out of New York City is planning a pop-up eatery at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art this summer.
The Mass MoCA Commission on Wednesday approved the seasonal restaurant to occupy the former Gramercy space, specifically the courtyard near the museum entrance. The restaurant would operate from Memorial Day until some time September.
"The operators for this pop-up restaurant are coming to us from Manhattan, where they run two restaurants with Georgian — as in, over-in-Europe Georgian — style food, and they recently, last year pre-COVID, hosted a dinner event for us so we got to know them and their delicious food," said Tracy Moore, the museum's interim director. "They would operate as many days as they could in the beginning as they staff up and ultimately gearing towards full lunch and dinner operations that comport with Mass MoCA hours."
Tamara Chubinidze, a native of Tbilisi, Georgia, opened Chama Mama in New York City in 2019 and has had plans to expand. The restaurant is appearing before 
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