iBerksires.com reports the imminent departure of three businesses — on top of several planned closures — has Adams town officials concerned.

So concerned, they're considering hiring a senior planner to help local businesses establish themselves.

At last week's Selectmen's meeting, Chairman John Duval noted with the coming departure of these businesses, it is critical to bring on this new employee.

Bella Sky Gifts and Adams Therapeutic Massage are moving into the former Computer Bug space on Main Street in North Adams. Bohemian Road, which opened on Park Street just a year ago, is also planning to move north to Eagle Street in North Adams by February.

It is rumored that at least three more businesses are slated to close or move for various reasons.

Selectman Joseph Nowak said he had talked to some of these business owners and was told they were not leaving because of the town.

He added that with the advent of the big-box stores, it is harder for these smaller retailers to survive and he wished those continuing their businesses elsewhere the best of luck.

Interim Town Administrator Donna Cesan said the senior planner position is in the budget and whoever is hired would work with the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals to help guide new businesses through the town's permitting process.


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