34-36 Eagle Street in North Adams (copy) (copy)

The Planning Board approved a special permit for plans to create apartments at 34-36 Eagle Street.

NORTH ADAMS — The long-empty Tower and Porter Block at 34-36 Eagle Street is closer to becoming apartments.

The Planning Board approved a special permit for the project on Monday night.

Veselko Buntic, a New York City-based developer who submitted a proposal to redevelop the Mohawk Theater last year, has plans to build an eight-unit apartment building with commercial space on the ground floor.

In 2016, Buntic and a then-business partner purchased the building for $60,000, and in 2018 proposed a 27-room hotel for the property, but the hotel did not materialize. The main hurdle was his business partner, Buntic has said, whom he no longer is working with.

A special permit was on the Planning Board's agenda at its meeting last month, but Buntic had technical issues and the hearing was rescheduled to Monday's meeting.

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“I think this is fantastic to see more housing for the city," Planning Board member Lynette Bond said. “We know in North Adams we are facing a housing shortage. I applaud you."

Member Brian Miksic echoed Bond. “I really look forward to seeing this come to fruition," he said. "It's a beautiful building and a great spot. Filling it up is going to make a huge impact on this city."

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.