The Berkshire Eagle reports that the City Council approved the re-appropriation of $90,000 to rebuild a second staircase at the North Adams Armory this week. The repair work is an addition to the latest phase of a years-long renovation of the building, a project which is now entering its final stretch.

Crews will be on site later this month and city officials hope the work will be done this year, according to Special Projects Coordinator Michael Nuvallie.

The $90,000 will fund an alternate option — repairs to the exterior staircase on the Porter Street side of the building — on the latest round of bids on work at the Armory. The work is primarily funded through Community Development Block Grants.

The latest round of work, which including the alternate staircase work will total about $420,000, will "substantially complete" the renovation of the Armory building.

The planned work includes a slate of exterior repairs including masonry on the facade and rebuilding of the parapet, as well as to the staircase facing Ashland Street.

Also addressed were the dams at each of the city's two reservoirs. Mt Williams and Notch, have been identified in the city's Capital Improvement Plan and are in need of repair.

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