Proposal to demolish laundromat for parking lot greeted with skepticism |


Great Barrington — Parking in downtown Great Barrington is such a sore subject for so many people that anytime there is talk of limiting the number of spots available for the public, the defenses go up.

The parking lot behind the former Foster’s hardware store (now Hammertown) recently purchased by Great Barrington Owner. Photo: Terry Cowgill

That’s what the new owners of the Berkshire Block, the building at the corner of Bridge and Main streets containing the Subway sandwich shop, discovered last week when their engineer approached the selectboard and proposed to build a parking lot off School Street for their tenants.

The new owner of the Berkshire Block, a limited liability corporation calling itself Great Barrington Owner, would like to buy the lot on School Street currently occupied by the Individual Laundry laundromat, demolish the structure and build a gated parking lot of some 38 new spots for…



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