NORTH ADAMS — One of the state's tiniest cities could soon be home to a tiny home manufacturer.
Local company B&B Precision Builders plans to build tiny homes at a new location in North Adams' Windsor Mill on Union Street.
The city's planning board signed off on the proposal on Monday, but the company still has to sign a lease for the 15,000-square-foot city-owned space, according to Mayor Richard Alcombright.
"We'd like to move in as quick as possible," said Jason Koperniak, a partner in the business.
The company was started in Adams by partner Mitch Bresett's father in 1987. Following his father's death, Bresett relaunched the company in Pound Ridge, N.Y., in 2015.
But for the past eight months, B&B has quietly worked in the former Berkshire Gas facility on Old Columbia Street in Adams, where it has built five tiny homes and renovated three others.
Now in line for a contract for at least another 150 tiny homes — which are technically recreational vehicles that would be used by a company that operates campgrounds in the northeastern United States — B&B needed a larger space.
"We created [a] home improvement company. and then fought for a contract with our anchor client to start building tiny homes," Koperniak said. "Right now we're setting up for something big, but it hasn't been set in stone."
Koperniak stressed that the contract with the client is not yet finalized, but he estimated that it could employ more than two dozen people locally. He also noted that B&B can also produce tiny homes and other small structures for other buyers.
"We're looking for all types of tradesmen, from plumbers to electricians to carpenters to day laborers," Koperniak said. "We're going to need a handful of people to get in and be trained and hopefully have a lot of skills already."
The space at the Windsor Mill comes with taller doors suitable to the company's needs and nearly 15,000 square feet to work with. A tiny house can generally take between one and three weeks to build, Koperniak said, and Bresett hopes to have the crew to work on about eight at a time in the new facility.
The city had been using the space at Windsor Mill for the storage of equipment, but Alcombright said on Tuesday the space is about 80 percent cleared. Although it plans to sell the mill, Alcombright said it will only do so if the buyer respects current tenant agreements.
"The one thing that I want to make clear is we'll negotiate whatever we can to make sure the tenants can stay or are given compensation to leave," Alcombright said.
Koperniak said officials in Pittsfield, Adams and North Adams were receptive to the business' efforts.
"We wanted to stay local since most of our tradesmen are already in the area and we grew up in Adams," Koperniak said. "North Adams just had the ideal situation."
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