The Planning Board wrapped up their meeting in 15 minutes Monday.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Planning Board approved some design changes to the planned Rising Glass Brewery that will now include a patio.
"Since the pandemic, people have really taken to outdoor seating. So we want to double down on that," applicant Jonathan Spinney said to the Planning Board Monday.
Plans for the proposed brewery at the former Eagles Hall, on 515 Curran Highway, go back to 2018. At the time, applicant Spinney said a substantial remodel of the hall, which closed in 2017, would have to be done.
Spinney said he wanted to provide the board with some kind of update, especially with such a large "pause" in the middle of the project during the pandemic.
He said once they took the building apart they saw an opportunity to attach a large patio on the front of the building. He said they have essentially rotated their original design, and the overall footprint remains the same.
"Other than that there has been no change," he said.
Spinney said the patio would be covered and attached. He was aware that designs would have to include fire suppression.
The board had no questions, and Vice-chairman Brian Miksic said he was happy to see the project moving along.
"I am glad you are still trucking forward with this project through a difficult time," he said. "I can't wait to see it come to fruition."
The board approved the modification contingent upon seeing plans. Spinney said the plans should be completed this fall.
In other business, the Planning Board approved a special permit request from 413 Bistro LLC for property located at 40 Main Street, the former Richmond Grill at the Holiday Inn.
"We are doing another restaurant," said Paul Brassard, who runs the Williamstown eatery Berkshire Palate with his three sons.
"That is all of the information that I need," Miksic said.
Brassard told the Licensing Board in May that they plan to shut up shop in Williamstown and move their entire operation to North Adams.
The Richmond Grill has been closed for at least a year now.
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- With five games left in its New England Collegiate Baseball League season, North Adams is a half game out of first place in its division.
On Wednesday at Joe Wolfe Field, Jon Kozarian went 3-for-4 at the plate and Charles Middleton drove in a pair of runs as the SteepleCats defeated first-place Keene, 4-2, to move within half a game of the Northern Division leaders.
Camden Lovrich and Jake Cubbler combined to allow just one earned run and strike out 11 in the win.
Cubbler struck out seven and allowed just two hits over five innings to earn the win in relief.
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The plan for two zoning overlay districts in the downtown under the state's 40R zoning was submitted in March after a public hearing late last year. The letter from the Department of Housing and Community Development was received June 28.
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