ADAMS -- In a move aimed at bringing industry and jobs to town, Selectmen at this week's meeting approved measures enabling the town to give tax incentives to a potential new business.
Information was limited as negotiations are ongoing, but officials said a deal stands to land a county machine parts manufacturing company seeking to expand in a building at the Adams Corporate Park.
The building considered is the 80,000-square-foot warehouse at 43 Printworks Drive, formerly occupied by Novtex.
Selectmen's Chair Arthur "Skip" Harrington said the building -- 10 percent occupied by several small businesses at present -- would be fully occupied if a deal goes through. The other businesses would remain.
Further details are subject to negotiations.
"We discussed this in detail in executive session [at a Selectmen's meeting] last week," Harrington said Wednesday.
The board's action Wednesday's designated the building as an "economic opportunity area," in accordance with state law. Such a designation can only be given to properties that meet certain state criteria for economic need relative to a community.
"The commonwealth is encouraging communities to handle tax incentives on a property-by-property basis," Town Administrator Jonathan Butler said.
It would open up the occupiers of the designated property to tax credits on state income taxes and municipal tax increment financing deals that result in tax exemptions on new growth and improvements.
In other business at Wednesday's meeting, Selectman appointed Tim Herman, a member of the Thunderbolt Ski Runners, to fill the late Joseph Dean's seat on the Mount Greylock Advisory Committee.
Selectmen also granted Sunday licenses to two interests -- Adams Ale House, a new bar and restaurant in the process of being opened at the former Saints Hall on East Hoosac Street; and the Parish of Blessed John Paul, which is seeking to host functions at Mill Street's Polanka Grounds.
Regarding the Polanka Grounds, contractor RC & D Inc., of Rhode Island, is obligated to reseed and make other improvements there after it saw heavy use during the Hoosic River dredging project this winter.
"We're hoping the restoration commences soon so we can get some use out of the property this year," said John Bordeau, who represented the parish at Wednesday's meeting.
Adams Ale House was also granted an entertainment license for a disc jockey or live music on Fridays and Saturdays.
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