ADAMS, Mass. — The former Elks Lodge has been sold to a New York developer for $50,000.
Veselko Buntic, principal of Last Supper LLC, purchased the property April 5 from the Adams and Pittsfield combined lodges now headquartered in Pittsfield.
Buntic owns several properties in North Adams, including 103 Main St. that he plans on turning into a hotel, and the Tower and Porter Block on historic Eagle Street, which is being turned into apartments and retail space.
The Romanesque structure dates to 1871, when it was built as the second church on the site for St. Paul Universalist Church. When the membership of the parish declined it was purchased in 1929 by Adams Lodge 13335, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.
The lodge, which had celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016, vacated the building a few years back when it joined with Pittsfield Lodge 272.
The property is three parcels comprising less than an acre and the building runs around 12,000 square feet with parking for 14 vehicles.
It was listed for close to $100,000 and most recently valued by the town at $143,100.
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Veterans Make Memorial Day Trek to War Memorial
By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
Retired Navy Petty Officer Cindy Lacoste speaks at Sunday's Memorial Day observance.
ADAMS, Mass. — North County American Legion members made their way to the summit of Mount Greylock early on Sunday morning for their 89th pilgrimage to the state's War Memorial.
Speaker Cindy Lacoste, a retired petty officer with 22 years serving in the Navy and current member of the Department of Massachusetts Executive Committee of Women of the American Legion, spoke and recalled memories of fallen veterans.
"Memorial Day brings up so many memories to me, and I'm sure it does to you," she said. "But in 2003, I was deployed to the Middle East not knowing if I was going to make it back home. So the fact that I did, obviously, I'm forever grateful, and I want to make sure that I never forget the stories of those that didn't come back."
She recalled the story of a young soldier, Cindy Bowden, who was a freshman attending the University of Connecticut during the Gulf War.