Crane Stationery to end long Berkshires run, move to New York (copy)

The North Adams Planning Board has approved a special permit allowing John Duquette to operate a lumberyard at 1526 Curran Highway, a parcel that, until a year ago, was the home of Crane Stationery.

NORTH ADAMS — From paper to wood. A property owned by Crane Stationery in the city's industrial park soon might be a lumberyard.

The city's Planning Board recently approved a special permit submitted by John Duquette to operate a lumberyard at 1526 Curran Highway. Changes to the outside of the building, including signage and fences, must be approved by the Planning Board, the group voted at its Sept. 20 meeting.

Crane Stationery to end long Berkshires run, move to New York

Duquette, owner of Stanley's Lumber in Adams and Berkshire County Construction, plans to open a lumber and contractor supply store called Duke's Lumber and Contractor Supply.

"I want to expand towards North Adams," Duquette said Thursday. "I think it will be good for the city."

Duquette said he hopes to open the business in May and is purchasing the building. The sale is pending and the property was listed with Bishop West Real Estate, according to the company.

Crane Stationery announced last year that it would be closing its North Adams operation in the industrial park and moving it to Cohoes, N.Y., where its parent company, Mohawk Fine Papers, is located.

This year, the Planning Board approved a permit for a marijuana-cultivation facility for 1466 Curran Highway, a building Crane occupied. The cultivation company does not yet have a license from the state's Cannabis Control Commission to open the cultivation facility, according to the commission's website.

Greta Jochem can be reached at gjochem@berkshireeagle.com or 413-496-6272.

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Greta Jochem, a Report for America Corps member, joined the Eagle in 2021. Previously, she was a reporter at the Daily Hampshire Gazette. She is also a member of the investigations team.