Tuesday December 20, 2011

Berkshire Eagle Staff

PITTSFIELD -- More development may be on the horizon for the William Stanley Business Park.

According to a statement released by Mayor James Ruberto's office, city officials plan to announce a new prospect for the 52-acre park on Wednesday.

"We have a party that wishes to make a major investment in Pittsfield and we're going to make that announcement tomorrow," said Corydon L. Thurston, the executive director of the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority, which administers the park.

Thurston said a developer has expressed interest in leasing a 16-acre parcel of the park bordered by Woodland Avenue and Tyler Street. He declined to be more specific.

The new tenant would be the third this year to announce plans to lease space from the business park.

In April, MountainOne Financial Partners announced plans to construct a financial center on a 1.3-acre parcel that overlooks Silver Lake. The North Adams-based financial institution was the first business tenant that PEDA has brought to the 52-acre business park since the organization's inception 13 years ago.

Last month, Action Ambulance, headquartered in Wilmington, announced plans to build a 17,000-square-foot building to serve as its regional headquarters at the park.