Proprietor's Lodge given temporary OK to open new ceremony space

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PITTSFIELD — The owner of a lakefront wedding venue and restaurant has been granted temporary authority to open a new ceremony space through the summer while he works toward completing a parking management plan, according to city planner C.J. Hoss.

The Proprietor's Lodge has built a new covered wedding platform on the lake, which has faced backlash from nearby residents from the beginning. Neighbors complained, by letters to the city and in person at public meetings, that the patrons have been parking along the residential street and in a nearby public parking lot on busy nights, and that the additional space would just add to the problems.

To mitigate the ongoing parking issues, the Community Development Board ordered owner Eric Taylor to have a uniformed police officer on-site for events of 150 or more guests. After agreeing to the additional requirements this week, the board allowed Taylor to open the new space for the busy season.

"With this in place, the board felt it was appropriate to provide an opportunity to utilize the ceremonial space and deck that are under construction on a temporary basis through Labor Day," Hoss said. "Once final inspections have been completed by the Building Department, the board has authorized Department of Community Development staff to sign off on a temporary certificate of occupancy through early September."

Taylor will provide a monthly update to the community board on event management efforts. In September, the board will reevaluate how to proceed, Hoss said.

Haven Orecchio-Egresitz can be reached at horecchio@berkshireeagle.com, @HavenEagle on Twitter and 413-770-6977.

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