14 Pittsfield projects seek Community Preservation Act money


PITTSFIELD — Monday is your chance to comment publicly on how up to $600,000 in Community Preservation Act money gets spent this year.

More than a dozen community projects are reaching for Community Preservation Act support during the city's second funding cycle.

The 14 projects are seeking about $1 million among them, and the city's Community Preservation Committee has up to $600,000 to give out this year. The city gave out about $365,000 last year, after a referendum vote in November 2016, allowing for a 1% surcharge on residential properties valued at more than $100,000.

The committee will begin deliberating during its meeting at 6 p.m. at City Hall, during which time members also will hear public comment. Once the committee votes on how best to divvy up the money, the City Council gets a final say.

Here's a list of projects in the running:

Berkshire Family YMCA improvements: The Berkshire Family YMCA is asking for $200,000 to restore large rear-facing windows at the nonprofit's historic North Street facility. The window and facade restoration is part of a planned $6.2 million overhaul.

New roof at Zion Lutheran Church: The First Street church is asking for $158,259 to replace the roof. Total project cost is $211,000.

Samuel Harrison House restoration: The Samuel Harrison Society is seeking $100,000 to restore a workshop previously attached to the historic Third Street building. Total project cost is $132,000.

New roof at Colonial Theatre: Berkshire Theatre Group is asking for $96,800 to restore the South Street theater's roof, drainage infrastructure and damaged bricks. Total project cost is $96,800.

New roof at old St. Mary's: CT Management Group is asking for $75,000 as it redevelops the former Tyler Street church into apartments. The money would go toward the building's terra cotta roof and tower. Total redevelopment cost is $6.7 million.

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New fence at St. Joseph's Church: The North Street church is asking for $50,000 to restore an iron fence on the property. Total project cost is $215,000.

Pickleball at Springside Park: The city is requesting $52,500 to help construct eight pickleball courts near the Doyle Softball Complex at Springside Park. The total project cost is $350,000.

Barn restoration: The Berkshire County Historical Society is asking for $50,000 to restore a barn at 780 Holmes Road. Total project cost is $94,425.

Springside House: The city is seeking $50,000 as its restoration of Springside House moves inside to the building's interior. Total project cost is $1 million.

Cemetery preservation: The city is asking for $25,000 to hatch a preservation plan for historic East Part and West Part cemeteries. Total project cost is $25,000.

Doyle Softball Complex improvements: The city is seeking $17,000 toward a project that involves reconstructing dugouts and installing a new light. Total project cost is $22,000.

Special collections: The Berkshire Athenaeum is requesting $9,148 to upgrade its ultraviolet filtering system, thereby preserving special collections. Total project cost is $14,878.

Gordon and Deming: Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity is asking for $90,000 to support a planned six-unit condo building, a homeownership project called Gordon and Deming. Total project cost is $1.3 million.

West Side homeownership: Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity is seeking $50,000 to support the redevelopment of a vacant John Street home into two residential units. Total project cost is $219,674.

Amanda Drane can be contacted at adrane@berkshireeagle.com, @amandadrane on Twitter, and 413-496-6296.


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