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BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on New Marlborough Meeting House—”preserving history, celebrating cultural creativity”

Almost two hundred years later, the Meeting House is still celebrated as a sacred space vibrant with programming to serve the local and surrounding communities.

Let School Street parking lot development proceed

In his letter Gary Happ of Great Barrington writes: “If ever there was a place for additional parking in Great Barrington, this lot is the perfect candidate.”

Public documents suggest solution to problematic School Street parking lot

In her letter Jennifer Clark writes: “We all should take note that the Planning Board voted on April 24 to examine soon how to make redevelopment of the smaller lots in this district financially viable for developers.”

The  great parking debate: Walkability essential for successful downtown

In his letter Pedro Pachano writes: “Denying the opportunity to build housing and/or commercial space in the center of town in favor of private parking will be in direct contravention of the zoning bylaws and Master Plan which are sensitive to affordability and livability.”

GB Selectboard should resist being bullied

The applicant here is attempting to extort the Select Board by threatening removal of a valuable public resource, Foster’s parking lot.

Double standard applies to parking lot proposals

When it was suggested that the Planning Board should advise the Select Board, the Assistant Town Manager was adamant that doing so would be a violation of the law.

Property owners should not be burdened with the responsibility of public parking

In a letter to the editor, Steve Farina writes, "Town planning and implementation has now significantly reduced both the number of publicly available parking spots and the duration for which a vehicle is allowed to remain parked in many of the remaining spots."

Hankin letter about selectboard ‘blackmail’ way off the mark

In a letter Craig Okerstrom-Lang writes: "Our town has not contributed a dime nor offered to contribute to the maintenance of these parking lots (snow plowing, sweeping, striping, repairs)."

Parking lot imbroglio continues as selectboard debates and one official asks another to recuse herself

Other board members said it was clear to them after that first public hearing that the Foster's lot would be closed to the public if the company was denied the right to build the new lot for its tenants.

Great Barrington Selectboard postpones town meeting, elections until June, extends tax payment deadline to June 1

Town moderator Michael Wise said he thought it was important that the budget be passed by Tuesday, June 30, even if the other items of the annual town meeting warrant were pushed aside until restrictions on large gatherings were lifted.

Proposal to demolish laundromat for parking lot greeted with skepticism

Selectman Ed Abrahams added that he is concerned that the same thing that happened at the gated parking lot at the end of Railroad Street will happen to the proposed gated parcel at the School Street property.

GB, South County Year in Review: Of mergers, bridges, cannabis and ‘blood money’

In the spirit of reflection and self-examination, herein lies The Edge's second annual Great Barrington year in review. It includes some select stories from other South County towns as well, along with embedded links to Edge stories for more information.

No warning for ticketing parked cars at Farmers Market

In her letter Hinda Bodinger writes: “It is extremely unwelcoming for the town to be issuing parking tickets on a street where it isn’t at all clear that parking is prohibited.”

News Briefs: Clinton Church Restoration grant; GB downtown improvement project ‘substantially complete’; man charged with assault to murder

Clinton Church Restoration awarded National Trust for Historic Preservation grant Great Barrington -- Clinton Church Restoration Inc. is one of 22 sites and organizations dedicated...

News Brief: GB construction update

The line painting will begin late-night Monday, July 1, extending into the early morning of Tuesday, July 2. Painting will resume late-night Tuesday, July 2, and be completed in the early morning of Wednesday, July 3.

Downtown construction update: Overnight paving postponed, overnight parking prohibited

No overnight parking will be permitted on the streets under construction overnight from Tuesday, June 25, until Friday, June 28.

News Briefs: GB construction, parking update

Work will include milling and removal of existing pavement, and installation base and top courses of pavement. Portions of the streets may be closed to traffic temporarily, with police officers directing traffic when necessary.
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