Sunday, June 16, 2024

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Tag: MassDevelopment

Encore! Billy Collins

Billy Collins is surely the most popular American poet since Robert Frost. We are pleased to offer an encore column of his wonderful work.

Town scores half a million from feds for clean-up of polluted Ried Cleaners property

Town planner Chris Rembold told The Edge that the assessment work under the previous grant would be completed at the end of this calendar year, and clean-up work under the EPA grant will begin next year.

Price tag to clean up polluted Ried Cleaners site could be a whopper

A draft analysis of the cleanup alternatives essentially presented two options: Excavate and dispose of soil and remediate groundwater under the footprint of the demolished dry cleaning building; or do so in a larger area around the footprint.

Business Briefs: EforAll pitch contest; Shake & Co. appoints Dibble; workshops for nonprofits; grant for Riverbrook; recognition for Noble Horizons

The Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires will host two regional organizations to connect Berkshire nonprofits with additional resources to support their missions.

Grayhouse is rebuffed, as selectmen ‘reboot’ process of Housatonic School reuse

"I feel like I would like more of guarantee that you can actually move forward with financing it. It doesn't give me a lot of feeling that this could happen." -- Great Barrington Selectboard member Leigh Davis

Business Briefs: Cultural Facilities Fund grant for CATA; Rock Shark wearable art; Qomunicate Publishing at Berkshire Pride; business start-up seminar; BCC invites public comment

Comedian/producer and Berkshires native McQueen Adams recently launched, a website of wearable art featuring the Rock Shark boulder.

News Briefs: Opioid research study; Ashland Street revitalization

The approach of Boston Medical Center’s study will be to partner with 16 communities across the state to test the impact of Office-Based Addiction Treatment and the deployment of additional interventions.

Bits & Bytes: Bridgman-Packer Dance at PS21; ‘Unstructured Structures’ at Hotchkiss; Tyler Street Lab call for art

The Video Playground is an interactive installation that allows participants to create their own video magic by playing with time, scale, juxtaposition and shadow.

Town begins foreclosure on polluted Ried Cleaners site

With the remediation that has already been conducted, along with ongoing and future clean-up, potential sale of the Main Street property could put it back on the tax rolls, thus generating revenue.

Restoration of dormant school seen as critical to Housatonic village revival

The primary order of business for Conner and Nappo was to get the selectboard to write a letter of endorsement for Grayhouse's application for $75,000 on an emergency basis from the Massachusetts Historical Commission's Preservation Projects Fund.

Business Briefs: Berkshire Workforce Skills Cabinet meeting; new land trust board members; grant for collaborative workspaces; Toole is Pacesetter of the Year; Mellon grant...

A grant of $147,572 will support design, renovation and repairs at the Studio for Integrated Craft in Housatonic, the former Housatonic Curtain Company mill at 430 Park St.

Proposal for Housatonic School in search of tenants, funding

Grayhouse principal Bill Nappo and his financial consultant, Gillette Conner, updated the selectboard Monday night on the progress of the project. They said they are working closely with MassDevelopment on securing financing.

Business Briefs: Restoration grant for Shays’ Rebellion monument; Davis joins Mill Renaissance LLC; Red Lion Inn artist residency; Cultural Facilities Fund grant for CATA;...

Davis will report directly to principal developer Jeffrey N. Cohen on projects including a $70 million revitalization of the historic Eagle Mill in Lee and the revitalization of the Spinning Mill, a 225,000-square-foot mill in Adams.

Business Briefs: Austen Riggs to renovate buildings; new leadership for LABspace; jewelry designer moves to Columbia County; golf management scholarship for Olds; Community Day...

Artists and curators Julie Torres and Ellen Letcher will take over the reins of LABspace from artist Susan Jennings, who founded the art gallery and directed it since 2014.

Business Briefs: Pittsfield Better Block; new BCC education department; reading app aids literacy; BIC pop-up fundraiser; Williamstown Community Chest grants

BCC's new education department will introduce learning as a cohort model–students will go through the same classes together as a group, with online and face-to-face component.

Developer says no to polluted Ried Cleaners; town should ‘take lead’

Developer Jeffrey Cohen says the town should deal with the property no matter who eventually develops it since it will require the town’s capacities in both finding funding and shouldering liability for the legacy of dry cleaning chemicals that are still migrating across town in groundwater.

Bioremediation of toxic waste under way at Log Home site

If successful here, the bioremediation could revolutionize the way thousands of industrial parcels are cleansed of pollutants.

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