Voters approve plans for town visitors center
It may no longer be the official welcoming center for visitors to the Berkshires, but that doesn't mean the old Berkshire Visitor's Center is down for the count. YNN's Brandon Walker has more on the town of Adams' new plans for the building thats no so old.
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ADAMS, Mass. -- The plan is part of a larger step towards a tourism based economy in Adams, driven by plans to expand the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail through North County.
"Moving our Council on Aging is part of our plan for this downtown sort of reuse of our visitors center," said Jonathan Butler, Town of Adams Administrator.
Town voters approved an $80,000 plan for the center at their annual meeting this week. The building housed the official Welcome Center of Berkshire County. That is until April when it moved to Pittsfield, leaving Adams behind.
"One of the things that was sacrificed was the ability to be flexible with this visitors center space," said Butler.
Part of that, said Butler, was a lack of resources. With the building now under the town's control, the thinking is that the visitors center will become more Adams-centric, using that to lure tourists.
"There are adults from all over different communities will come into this space and we will be able to offer services and promote our activities and programming to those people," said Erica Samson, Council on Aging Director."
"Anything you can do to increase traffic to your retail businesses and your restaurants is a good thing," Butler said.
Along with making sure a visitors center stays here in downtown Adams, town leaders said by having it run by the town, it creates a new town square. They are hoping it will drive more traffic and people here.
"This facility here now being under town control, gives us the ability to create a true town center and green space, but the building, the facility, the parking, the location," Butler said.
The town will start accepting bids for the renovation project next week. Butler expects the project to take three to six weeks.