The middle section of 3-7 Edgewood has been removed, requiring a special permit to allow the now two separate building to be used.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A local brewer is planning to open the city's second farmer brewery in the former Eagles Hall on Curran Highway.
In his application to the Planning Board, Jonathan Spinney said the 10-barrel Rising Glass Brewery would have a tap room and entertainment space along with commissary kitchen.
"We plan to self-distribute and apply for a pouring license to be able to serve beer by the glass," he wrote. "A canning line will be installed in the brewery to facilitate reaching the larger craft beer audience."
Rising Glass would apply for a farmer brewery license that would allow it to produce and serve beer onsite and to retail establishments with a focus on using local ingredients. Bright Ideas Brewing, which opened a couple years ago, operates on the same kind of license.
Plans are to remove and rebuild the entire front wall and relocate the main entrance to the south side. Spinney said the roof and wall are in poor condition and need to be rebuilt to raise the height of the ceiling to fit the brewing equipment. Steel and glass will be used in the reconstruction.
The bathrooms and hall will remain but the kitchen is being redesigned to accommodate up to three small food-based businesses, including baked goods, and have one be the in-house food-provider. The hall would continue to be available for weddings and other events.
The down-sized hall would have a U-shaped bar and table setups and the stage would be moved the north side where the straight bar is currently located. The club bar would become flex space and a beer garden would be on the southwest corner and kitchen garden and employee parking on the northwest side.
The Eagles Aerie 310 Hall closed last year as the club sought to downsize and the building's size and cost to operate became a problem. The property was put on the market with its latest listing price at $179,000.
The 8,000-square-foot hall at 515 Curran Highway was opened in 1969-1970 after the Aerie was forced out of its home in the former Richmond Theater. The theater, which it bought and renovated in 1954, was targeted for demolition for urban renewal.
Also on the Planning Board's agenda on Monday is a plan to renovate two elements of what was a three-family residence at 3-7 Edgewood Avenue.
The property was purchased by Centerville Sticks LLC, which has been buying up properties along Massachusetts Avenue and Edgewood. The principals are Ben and Eric Svenson, brothers who are also involved in the Tourists hotel and restaurant project on State Road and who bought the Blackinton Mill and surrounding property on the north side of the Hoosic River.
The Svensons, through Very Good Building & Development LLC, are asking for a special permit for a nonconforming use because the 5 Edgewood was in such bad shape it had to be demolished. That leaves two separate buildings in close proximity in violation of the zoning ordinances.
Very Good Building is owned by Planning Board member Brian Miksic, who will have to recuse himself from discussion and voting.
Also on the agenda is an application from David Atwell to reopen the former Lopardo's package store on River Street; a construction permit by BOON Properties for the closed gas station at Canal and River (the company had missed the last two meetings and had not yet filed its application by Thursday); an application to operate an office at 60 Roberts Drive; and an application by Colleen Taylor, operating as GR Hospitality Holdings LLC, to open a restaurant at 896 State Road.
Prior to the Planning Board, the Redevelopment Authority will hear an application for a tattoo and piercing business on Ashland Street.
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North Adams Schools Fully Open Beginning Next Week
By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — High school seniors will be returning to classrooms full time beginning next week on May 17, following the return of Grades 7 and 8 on April 28.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education in March voted to give the commissioner discretion to require in-classroom instruction to count as learning time. Most elementary children returned to classrooms April 5, although some students and schools were allowed to remain remote.
"It looks as if about 75 percent of our seventh- and eighth-grade population returned for full in person, and we are currently processing the data for the high school return," Superintendent Barbara Malkas told the School Committee last week. An earlier survey to parents got very little response so a second was issued the week before. "We really needed to make sure we had a full complement of data."
She noted that the federal government was expected to approve use of the Pfizer vaccine to ages 12 and up; those 16 and older can already receive the shot. The more members of the school community are vaccinated, she said, the less disruption in learning since vaccinated people are not required to quarantine after contact with someone who has COVID-19.
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.
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