A clean slate for the former Artery Lounge in North Adams
NORTH ADAMS -- A local businessman hopes to convert the former Artery Lounge building on Union Street into three separate businesses including a Laundromat, diner and office space.
James Samia, the owner of the former Ace’s Place bar that preceded the Artery Lounge at 68 Union St., aims to remake the property once again. This time, he’s looking to own and operate a Laundromat, while renting out two separate spaces to other businesses.
Samia will ask for the planning board’s permission to change the use of the building at its March 10 meeting.
The building has been vacant since the Artery Lounge closed its door last July, according to Samia. Now he hopes to have a laundromat up and running by October of this year.
"That’s my baby," he said. "[The laundromat] is definitely happening."
In the second of three spaces, Samia is seeking to rent to a cafe or diner. Samia said the cafe would make use of the existing kitchen from the Artery Lounge and Ace’s Place.
The final section of the building would likely be used for a small retail space or office, according to Samia.
The laundromat’s hours of operation are still up in the air, Samia said, until he receives feedback from the planning board. The tentative plan is to open from about 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., he said.
"It’s got to be better than the bar business," Samia joked.
In addition to reusing the building, Samia hopes to rebrand it on the surface.
"We do have some improvements that we’re going to be presenting to the planning board," Samia said. "The bar image is going to be totally gone."
Samia pointed specifically to the currently dark interior of the building, saying he’d like to bring light into the space.
Also scheduled for the March 10 meeting is a site plan approval request by BerkshireBride.com, which is seeking to open a storefront at 195 Ashland Street.
The business "will serve as our local wedding center," owners Jerrid and Diane Burdick wrote in a memo to the planning board. The business hooks up brides and grooms to be with local wedding-related vendors, such as caterers and florists.
The store would be appointment-only, according to the application, while a rear portion would serve as a "production area for pressing and sewing of chair covers."
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