Look Ahead, Pittsfield: Airport manager needed amid rumblings in Morningside

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City business starts to slow this week as the holiday flurry picks up steam.

Commissioners for the Pittsfield Municipal Airport will conduct a closed-door review of airport manager candidates this week, as the city again finds itself without an airport chief.

Kris Keane left the post late last month after little more than a year on the job. Keane took the helm after former manager Gloria Bouillon left after just 16 months.

Several properties are up for demolition review this week by the city's Historical Commission, including two owned by Mill Town Capital in the Morningside neighborhood — one residential property at 11-13 Kellogg St., and a commercial property at 748 Tyler St., which is sandwiched between the La Fogata building and the space formerly occupied by Tyler Street Lab.

Mill Town Capital scooped up about two dozen properties along the Tyler Street corridor in recent years. Leaders of the firm say their Tyler Street development interests revolve around their investment in the 29-apartment project underway at the former St. Mary the Morning Star Church.

Speaking of redevelopment efforts along Tyler Street, the city is working in tandem. Officials aim to embark on roadway reconstruction work over the next year, and this week city planners will roll out proposed zoning changes for the street during a Tuesday meeting of the Community Development Board.

The city's police and fire departments will announce the launch of a new tool this week — a software program that will empower families of people with mental health issues, disabilities or other vulnerabilities to upload information about how emergency responders should best interact with their loved one. And as the presidential impeachment process plays out on the national stage, the Berkshire Democratic Brigades plans to hold a Tuesday evening rally in support of impeachment.

What's up in Pittsfield? Tell me via email at adrane@berkshireeagle.com, @amandadrane on Twitter, or by phone at 413-496-6296.

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