Demolition begins on Spring Street

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The former Hopkins Funeral Home, a small wood frame house, was first to go down. The job will be finished Tuesday.

Next in line is the building that once housed the Purple Pub, A Perfect Blend and Subway. A fire two years ago forced the closing of the three businesses.

Wednesday, demolition of that building is slated to begin, and cleanup is likely to take the rest of the week.

Early next week, according to Rick Luttazi, general superintendent at Barr & Barr, a rear section of the building that once housed the Hopkins furniture store will also be demolished.

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The demolition is in preparation for construction of the Mark Paresky office and retail building, which will include the front section of the Hopkins store building and an L-shaped addition at the rear.

Paresky is a land owner and developer who owns several properties in the downtown area.

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The new space will hold the new Purple Pub and have room for leased office and retail space.

Town Manager Peter Fohlin said the new office space will help make Williamstown "the preferred location for professional office space," while the "reappearance of the Purple Pub will bring more foot traffic and quality night life to the area."

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He added that the project signals a bright future for the downtown area.

"It should be the beginning of the rejuvenation of downtown Williamstown," Fohlin said. "The commitment of Mark Paresky to this project is a testament to his character and his dedication to Williamstown."

The funeral home property will serve as the driveway for the new building, while the old Subway property will be green space for a year or more, with planning under way for a new structure to be built there in the future, Luttazi said.

To reach Scott Stafford: sstafford@berkshireeagle.com or (413) 664-4995.


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