Adams Holding Informal Information Session on 40R Smart Growth

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ADAMS, Mass. — Residents wishing to learn more about the town's consideration of a Smart Growth Overlay District are invited to a public information session on Tuesday, Sept. 17.
The session will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at the Visitors Center at 3 Hoosac St. 
The purpose of the informal session will be to provide information to the community at large about the town's proposed adoption of the Smart Growth Overlay District, also known as Massachusetts General Law Chapter 40R. 
The Planning Board has proposed that the town's zoning bylaws be amended to establish a Smart Growth Overlay District. 
The purpose of the district is to encourage the revitalization of existing buildings through preservation, reuse, renovation and repurposing of underutilized historic structures using a mixed-use concept that typically includes both commercial and residential components. 
Successful mixed-use projects, similar to Adams' own Berkshire Mills Apartments, may help achieve several local, community and regional goals such as downtown revitalization, expanding the tax base, diversifying the town's housing stock composition, and increasing the amount of available housing to attract new residents that will serve the Berkshires workforce.
By adopting a Smart Growth Overlay District, the town hopes to position itself to access state incentive payments, maintain a consistent high level of design quality for such projects, and emerge as a premier place to live, work and play in the Berkshires. 
Anticipated topics to be addressed at the public information session include what is the Smart Growth Overlay District, what is the potential economic impact of such development in Adams, and an overview of the proposed bylaw and how it will work.

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Hundreds Hike Mount Greylock During The Ramble

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff

ADAMS, Mass. — More than 1,000 people took advantage of Monday's mild and sunny weather to make the ascent to the top of the state's highest peak during the annual Greylock Ramble.

ProAdams reports that near 1,200 people registered at the summit of Mount Greylock with more making there way to the top as the day went on.

The oldest hiker again was Caroline Brazeau from North Adams. Brazeau is 90 years old.

The three youngest to reach the summit were all four months old. Although Myles Mancino of Cheshire, and Annalise Stokes and Liam Brown of Adams may have had a little help, they still made it to the top.

David Slick and Lisa Bollinger traveled the farthest to hike Mount Greylock and traveled to Adams from Golden, Colo. 

The Ramble dates back to 1967 and is more recently partnered with a Ramblefest, a party that takes place at the Visitors Center day before.

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