The North Adams Redevelopment Authority Monday approved applications for two grants that will aid in determining the future of Western Gateway Heritage State Park and surrounding properties.
Mayor Thomas Bernard in August stated his intention to put the park back out to bid for requests for proposal. The property has been tied up for years, first with plans for a marketplace and housing that collapsed along with the economy nearly a decade ago and then with the proposed Extreme Model Railroad and Contemporary Architecture Museum. The museum had not responded to an updated offer to extend its option earlier this year.
The technical assistance grant through MassDevelopment would provide support for a number of areas including planning and economic development, market feasibility, analysis, and RFP development and process. It would also aid in addressing site-specific challenges.
A grant for site-readiness would focus on parcels including the former Sons of Italy, a plot to the south and piece that connects to American Legion Drive. The funds would be used to determine the existing conditions and feasibility of redevelopment.
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