Building once eyed for drug clinic sold to funeral home

Friday September 7, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- The building on Stoddard Avenue that was proposed as a possible site for a methadone clinic earlier this summer has been sold to the owners of an adjacent funeral home.

Robert E. and Deborah A. Dwyer, who own Dwyer Fun eral Home on North Street, acquired the 10,500-square-foot building at 15-17 Stoddard Ave. for $150,000, according to documents on file at the Middle Berkshire Registry of Deeds. The land and building are assessed by the city at $234,800, according to records in the city assessor’s office.

Dwyer Funeral Home on North Street abuts the rear of the Stoddard Avenue property, which was sold by two doctors, Philip Adamo and Patricia Lehmann. A vacant lot on the corner of Stoddard and North is located between the two structures.

In June, neighborhood residents revealed that Spectrum Health Systems Inc. of Wor cester was on the verge of purchasing the Stoddard Av enue property for a meth adone clinic.

The news resulted in an uproar from neighborhood residents, who objected to it being located in a mostly residential neighborhood. Rough ly 60 residents attended a meeting to protest the plan that was held in the funeral home’s parking lot.

But the deal fell through. Spectrum is now setting up on the second floor of the Berkshire Nautilus building on Summer Street, where it had originally planned to open in 2011.

The Dwyers purchased the Stoddard Avenue structure, which contains two doctor’s offices and two apartments, after Adamo and Lehmann approached them in July, Deborah Dwyer said. The building had been on the market for 21Ž2 years.

"They just wanted out," she said. "They’re very nice people. I feel bad about them getting put in the middle of this."

Adamo, who recently re signed as chairman of the Pittsfield Board of Health, did not return a telephone call seeking comment.

Given what took place in June, Dwyer said neighborhood residents are pleased that the funeral home purchased the building.

"They’re very thankful that we bought it," Dwyer said. "They won’t have to worry about that again."

The Dwyers aren’t sure what they are going to do with the structure.

"Right now we’re trying to get the apartments cleaned up," she said. "We have some thoughts for long-range plans."


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