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An artist rendering of what the canopy could look like for Walmart's grocery pickup station.

Walmart Preparing Space for Online Grocery Pickup

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Super Walmart on Curran Highway has been approved for canopy for its grocery pickup service. 
 
The Planning Board in a brief meeting on Monday gave the OK to the 18-foot by 73-foot canopy for Wal-Mart Real Estate Business Trust and approved several other businesses.
 
The shade cloth canopy will be located in existing parking spots in front of the southern entrance of the building and a sign indicating pickup will be installed on the front facade below the Walmart sign.
 
A representative of Bohler Engineering said the structure will support the online grocery ordering. 
 
"They're proposing an online grocery pickup, which is an added feature that allows customers to place orders online and come to the store," he said. "Then associates will bring the goods out to the car so customers will not need to leave their vehicle."
 
The canopy will provide some protection from the elements for delivery and have six spaces under it. The store currently has 701 parking spots and to make up for the loss of four spots for the canopy, the store will paint in four more parking spots in an existing paved area.
 
According to the narrative supplied with the application, the pickup service will be limited to groceries and paper goods and customers will be able to alert the store they are waiting through a smartphone app. The proposed hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
 
Board also approved two applications for 537 Ashland St., both for existing businesses. Steven Milazzo is relocating his 24-year-old business 8 Ball Auto Repair and Richard Duteau his 37-year-old Duteau Collision Repair because the current building they are in at 525 Ashland was sold. 
 
Planners also gave the OK for a metal frabrication and graphic arts studio at 350 State Road for applicant Criterion Berkshire 1 LLC, with the condition signage be approved before installation; and for Rootz Hair Studio and Rootz Nail Studio at the Norad Mill for Amy Eichammer and Donna Whitcomb, with hours of 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. from Tuesday through Saturday.  
 
In other business, the board approved a new signage package for Stanley Engineered Fastening, the former Tog Manufacturing, at 1454 South State St. Also approved was a request to change Empire Cutz 2 to Christopher Cuts Barbershop; Aaron Christopher purchased the business located at 102 River St. in May.
 
The board also unanimously recommended the zoning amendments reviewed at last week's joint public hearing to the City Council.

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North Adams Finance Advises More Information on Sullivan Proposal

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff

Finance Committee members Wayne Wilkinson and Chairwoman Marie T. Harpin want more information on the funding and time line.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Finance Committee is sending a proposal to create a manufacturing training center back to the City Council with a recommendation to get more information from the mayor. 
 
The council put the sale of Sullivan School to the newly organized Berkshire Advanced Manufacturing Training and Education Center, or BAMTEC, on pause last week even as it approved the sale of two other city properties. 
 
Councilors expressed concern over the purchase offer of $1 as well as the proposed $14 million in financing for the project and zoning, since the proposal referred to future maker spaces and business incubators in the residential neighborhood. 
 
"I think the concept of what you guys are trying to do is absolutely wonderful. Whether we want to give you a building for dollar, I have a hard time swallowing," said committee member Wayne Wilkinson.
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