Pittsfield Historical Commission Seeks Input on Endangered Historic Buildings


Pittsfield Historical Commission, in conjunction with the city’s Department of Community Development, will be holding a public meeting at 6 p.m. on March 30in Council Chambers at City Hall to solicit input to complete an Endangered Historic Building Casebook to support Pittsfield’s ongoing preservation program. The project is funded through a grant from the Massachusetts Historical Commission.

The event will feature Elizabeth Rairigh, of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, the project’s consultant who will discuss the initiative.  The purpose of the Endangered Historic Building Casebook is to identify and describe endangered historic buildings in Pittsfield, and provide a prioritized action plan for stakeholders to rehabilitate, reuse, and/or reimagine these properties. 

The Pittsfield commission is looking for input from residents, business owners, and property owners who have thoughts on vacant, underutilized, abandoned, and/or threatened properties in the city.

The project team is currently compiling a comprehensive list of these properties, which will then be narrowed down to 25 to 30 properties.  These properties will have a Casebook entry completed for them – a 4-page summary of existing conditions, opportunities, challenges, preservation strategies, and action plan items.  The project is expected to be completed this summer. 

For more information, contact Cornelius Hoss, City Planner at 413.499.9366