North Adams Planners OK 10 Short-Term Rentals

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Planning Board approved 10 special permits for short-term rentals during a brief meeting on Monday night. 
 
The City Council last year had set fees and permitting regulations for short-term rentals in the city after more than four years of debate. 
 
Special permits are required for rentals in buildings in which the owners do not live, according to the ordinance. Inspection fees for non-owner are $350, and the annual fee is also $350.
 
The Planning Board has already approved several special permits but Monday night had the highest number so far. No other matters were on the agenda. 
 
Approved were: 
 
Harding Avenue Realty LLC for 120 Harding Ave.; Matthew Swindell for 13 Holbrook St.; Berkshire One LLC for 71 North Holden St.; Craig Ferris for 35 Olds St.; Paul Chebiniak for 182 East Main St.; Cheri Rozycki for 375 Houghton St.; Carol LeBlanc for 17 North Church St.; Thomas Linden for 303 East Main St.; Emily Hobson for 49 Brooklyn St., and Mian Wang and Anthony Szeto for 29 Central Ave. 
 
Planners Rye Howard and Robert Burdick noted the requirement that non-owner occupied STRs have a local manager listed and asked where that was on the application form. 
 
Building Inspector William Meranti said the application the planners had was for the special permit. 
 
"The applicant for the short-term rental comes into the Office of Community Development and my office," he said. "It would not have made it to this portion of the meeting without [a local manager listed]."
 
"You've seen it and you're satisfied?" asked Burdick, with Meranti responding, "it would not have made its way here."
 
Richard Lord, who was with his sister, Patricia, said they were two of the three owners of 120 Harding Ave., which had been their parents' home of many years. He assured the planners that they had a local manager who was listed on their STR application. 
 
The planners asked no questions of the permit applicants and summarily approved all 10 permits. 
 
Planners Kyle Hanlon and Paul Senecal had been tasked with nominations and advised that the current slate of officers be kept. Chair Brian Miksic, who was absent, and Vice Chair Jesse Lee Egan Poirier were re-elected to office. 

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MCLA's Gallery 51: 'Mothering in Migration'

NORTH ADAMS, Mass.— MCLA's MOSAIC announces the upcoming exhibition "Mothering in Migration" and opening reception at Gallery 51.
 
"Mothering in Migration" will be on view from July 26 to August 25 at Gallery 51 with an opening reception on July 26 from 5 to 8 p.m. featuring light snacks and refreshments. A reception will also be held during North Adams' First Friday event on August 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. featuring catering, refreshments, and live music from Yo Soy Arte.
 
"Mothering in Migration" is part of an ongoing collaboration between artist Luiza Folegatti and Latinas413 that aims to strengthen local support for immigrant mothers while using image-making as a tool for community building. Through photography sessions, interviews, and workshops, the families and the artist celebrated their connection to the natural landscape of the Berkshires, the networks of mutual support between friends and colleagues, and the intimacy of the mother-daughter relationship.
 
The show is curated by Carolina Porras-Monroy.
 
According to a press release: 
 
Luiza Folegatti is a Brazilian artist based in North Adams who integrates artistic practice, teaching, and social advocacy work around the rights of women immigrants. Her work focuses on gender and migration through photography, video,  performance, and visual anthropology methods. Folegatti strongly believes in the positive impact generated by projects that combine photography, education, and community building. She has taught photography workshops for several years at nonprofits working with immigrants and is currently a visiting faculty member in photography at Bennington College, part-time residency coordinator at MASS MoCA, and Artists At Work grantee. 
 
To learn more about Latinas413 visit https://www.latinas413.org/.
 
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