The North Adams administration has chosen a housing proposal for the Notre Dame complex on East Main Street out of two bids from well-known local developers.
The City Council will be asked on Tuesday to approve the sale of the church and unattached school for $10,000 to developer Moresi Commercial Development LLC. David Moresi is proposing to immediately secure both 19th-century structures and begin work on the school building by 2022.
In the second proposal, from the Barbara & Eric Rudd Art Foundation, the school would be used to address a shortage of economical studio space and preserve the church as an extension of the nearby Berkshire Art Museum. Rudd proffered a bid of $32,850.
Both developers have a track record in saving and restoring older buildings. Eric Rudd has taken over two vacant churches — the former Methodist and Unitarian-Universalist structures — for use as large-scale exhibition spaces. He also developed the Eclipse Mill into artists' studio/lofts, the Beaver Mill and the Flat-Iron Building. Moresi's ventures have been more in commercial and housing, including the Norad Mill, the Mulcare Building and the recently completed apartments and offices in the Wall-Streeter Mill.
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