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February 21, 2019
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North Adams Historical Commission North Adams, Massachusetts 01247




The North Adams Historical Commission will meet Thursday, February 21, 2019, at 12:15PM in the
second-floor conference room #201 of City Hall.
The agenda will include Preservation Restrictions, especially for Fort Massachusetts site, as
presented at Commission Coalition




North Adams Historical Commission
Meeting Minutes February 21, 2019
The North Adams Historical Commission met Thursday, February 21, 2019, in room 201 in City Hall. The meeting began at 12:18 p.m. and was presided over by Justyna Carlson, Chair.
On the agenda were Preservation Restrictions, especially for Fort Massachusetts site, as presented at Commission Coalition meeting in Williamsburg (Gene and Justyna) January 23rd, update on gatehouse at Mt. Williams, appeal of rejection of Wigwam for National Register, ratification of demolition votes 57-59-61 Quincy Street, 83 Greylock Ave., City Yard, and Tog Machinery, concerns over future development of the Mohawk Theater (inclusion in next Survey update). Other items for consideration were the acceptance of minutes of September 20th meeting, Local Historic District Study Committee, the upcoming March 15th Western Massachusetts historical commission coalition meeting in Greenfield (Wendy and Justyna) on adaptive reuse of historic buildings, and the past coalition meeting October 24th in Chicopee (Gene and Justyna) on moving buildings, the Mayor’s first Saturday breakfast meeting February 2nd (Wendy and Justyna) at Empire and March 2nd at Brew-ha-ha, and the CDBG meeting (Wendy, Mike and Justyna) February 13th.
Members present: Justyna Carlson, Darrell English, Alan Horbal, Joanne Hurlbut, Paul W. Marino, and Wendy Champney. Absent: Christopher Wondoloski. Also present were Michael Nuvallie, Director of the Office of Community Development. Guests were Tammy Daniels of iBerkshires and Roger Eurbin, interested member of the public.
On January 23rd, Justyna and Gene Carlson attended a Commission Coalition workshop in Williamsburg. The workshop addressed a condition of MHC funding, which is that grant applicants must have a Preservation Restriction on a deeded parcel before applying for grants. At this time, the city-owned Fort Massachusetts site does not have a Preservation Restriction and does not qualify for grants. Once the Mayor completes and submits the Massachusetts Preservation Projects Fund application, the memorial site will be eligible for grants next year.

The rapid deterioration of the old gatehouse roof at Mt. Williams Reservoir on Pattison Road is still troubling. The long awaited repairs to the deteriorating roof are scheduled for some time in the spring.
Six weeks ago, Justyna sent an appeal of rejection packet to the Massachusetts Historical Commission after receiving a rejection letter from them regarding an application to list the Wigwam on the National Register of Historic Places. Included in the appeal were reasons why the property should not have been rejected and why the property should be listed on the National Register. At this time the MHC has not responded.
The demolition approved by email vote since our last public meeting were ratified as follows: Alan moved ratification of demolition vote of 57-59-61 Quincy Street barn, Paul seconded, all in favor. Paul moved ratification of demolition vote of 83 Greylock Ave., seconded by Alan, all in favor. Darrell moved ratification of demolition vote of City Yard, Joanne seconded, all in favor. Paul moved ratification of demolition vote of the Tog Machinery barn, seconded by Darrell, all in favor.
Concerns over the future of the city-owned Mohawk Theater were expressed by members after learning that Mayor Bernard has asked the City Council to declare the theater as excess municipal property and would like to put out a request for proposals. Commission members and Roger Eurbin, an interested member of the public, questioned what would happen to the 1938 marquee and other historically and architecturally significant features of the theater. Unfortunately, the Commission does not have a say in this matter. Joanne suggested sending the City Council a letter on behalf of the Commission expressing concerns. After further discussion members agreed to contact council members individually. Although the Mohawk Theater is now eligible to be included in the Historical Survey, it is not. Therefore, the Mohawk Theater will be included in the next Survey update.
Other items for consideration were the acceptance of minutes of the September 20th meeting. Moved by Paul, seconded by Alan, all in favor.
The Local Historic District Study Committee has not met due to an incomplete list of members. Once the seven-member committee has been established, Paul will organize a meeting.
The upcoming Western Massachusetts historical commission coalition meeting on adaptive reuse of historic buildings will take place in Greenfield on March 15th.

The past coalition meeting which took place on October 24th in Chicopee was attended by Justyna and Gene Carlson. The topic addressed was moving buildings.
Justyna and Wendy attended the Mayor’s new public informal listening series held at the Empire Café. The Mayor will be holding these meetings on the first Saturday of every month through the spring. The next informal listening series will be held on March 2nd at Brew-ha-ha starting at 9 a.m.
At the February 13th CDBG meeting, Mike Nuvallie spoke about the state grant money received to renovate the city-owned Braytonville Park on Brayton Hill Terrace. The proposal for the park includes the restoration of the basketball court and baseball field, installation of a multiuse field and multiuse track around the perimeter of the park, construction of a small parking lot, a shade structure, and other minor improvements like tables and benches. After sharing photos of the city’s plans, Mike asked Justyna if she knew of any old photos of Thomas and William Brayton. Mike would like to display the photos at the park since the Brayton brothers were the founders of the Braytonville Mill in 1831. At this evening’s NAHC meeting, Justyna asked Paul if he could help her locate photos of the brothers. Paul acknowledged her request.
The meeting was adjourned at 1:20 p.m. Moved by Paul, seconded by Darrell, all in favor.
Minutes respectively submitted February 26, 2019, by Wendy Champney, NAHC Secretary.


















meeting in Williamsburg (Gene and Justyna) January 23rd update




























on gatehouse at Mt. Williams, appeal of rejection of Wigwam for National Register, ratification of
demolition votes 57-59-61 Quincy Street, 83 Greylock Avenue, City Yard, and Tog Machinery, and
concerns over future development of the Mohawk Theater (inclusion in next Survey update).
Other items for consideration will be acceptance of minutes of September 20th meeting, Local
Historic District Study Committee, the upcoming March 15th Western Massachusetts historical
commission coalition meeting in Greenfield (Wendy and Justyna) on adaptive reuse of historic
buildings, and the past coalition meeting October 24th in Chicopee (Gene and Justyna) on moving
buildings, the Mayor's first Saturday breakfast meetings February 2nd (Wendy and Justyna) at Empire
and March 2nd at Brew-ha-ha, and the CDBG meeting (Wendy, Mike and Justyna) February 13th























































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North Adams Historical Commission North Adams, Massachusetts 01247




The North Adams Historical Commission will meet Thursday, February 21, 2019, at 12:15PM in the second-floor conference room #201 of City Hall.
The agenda will include Preservation Restrictions, especially for Fort Massachusetts site, as presented at Commission Coalition
meeting in Williamsburg (Gene and Justyna) January 23rd update
on gatehouse at Mt. Williams, appeal of rejection of Wigwam for National Register, ratification of demolition votes 57-59-61 Quincy Street, 83 Greylock Avenue, City Yard, and Tog Machinery, and concerns over future development of the Mohawk Theater (inclusion in next Survey update).
Other items for consideration will be acceptance of minutes of September 20th meeting, Local Historic District Study Committee, the upcoming March 15th Western Massachusetts historical commission coalition meeting in Greenfield (Wendy and Justyna) on adaptive reuse of historic buildings, and the past coalition meeting October 24th in Chicopee (Gene and Justyna) on moving buildings, the Mayor's first Saturday breakfast meetings February 2nd (Wendy and Justyna) at Empire and March 2nd at Brew-ha-ha, and the CDBG meeting (Wendy, Mike and Justyna) February 13th

Justyna Carlson, Chair


















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