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Mausert Site Plan Narrative

Mausert Site Plan Narrative

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The Mausert Block site plan.
The Mausert Block site plan.

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Mausert Block – Site Plan ProposalPark Street, Adams, MA 01220
Existing Site Conditions
The Mausert Block consists of a single parcel of land which contains approximately 0.37acres of land (16,117 SF) which is located on Park Street in Downtown Adams. The parcel is irregular in shape and has approximately 105 linear feet of frontage on theeasterly side of Park Street. The parcel has a generally level topography.Constructed in 1901, the existing building, mixed use with ground floor retail and theMausert Apartments on the second and third floor, encompasses the majority of the site.There are concrete sidewalks and decorative lamppost lighting along Park Street frontage.The property is serviced by public water, sewer, gas, electric and telephone. Park Streetis a two lane public roadway that is maintained by the Town. There is a small section of the rear portion of the parcel consisting of overgrown grass dirt, and gravel.
Overgrown grass, dirt and gravel area at rear (future outdoor seating).
Right of Way (Armory Court to School Street)There is also an asphalt road area and un-striped parking at the rear of the site which is anextension of the Armory Court right of way to School Street. This right of way across therear of the site is a deeded easement (to the parcel south currently owned by TruNorth)dated 16
January 1902 from George and Conrad Mausert to John L Barker [Book 261 pg 571]. The right of way has not been adopted by the town although is plowed by theTown and is currently used by the public for parking even though it is part of the single parcel of land. To the east of the right of way is part of a strip of land (5’ wide)
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Mausert Block – Site Plan ProposalPark Street, Adams, MA 01220 purchased by the Town of Adams on July 29, 1976 from Richard V. Shea [Book 671 pg1104]. To the east of the land owned by the Town of Adams is the Ashuwillticook RailTrail, which is a former railroad corridor that was converted into a 10 foot wide scenicrail trail path that runs parallel to Route 8 through the towns of Adams, Lanesborough,and Cheshire with proposals to extend to North Adams.
Non-public Right of way from TruNorth land across the Mausert Land.
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Mausert Block – Site Plan ProposalPark Street, Adams, MA 01220
Site Proposals
There are no proposals to change the site access to Park Street. There are no proposals toincrease the footprint of the existing building. The changes to the site area are entirelyrestricted to the rear of the building. Because it has good visibility to the Rail Trail, theaim is to generally improve the appearance of this neglected area. New Apartment Entrance.A new ground floor entrance is proposed to the Mausert Apartments which will open intothe new apartment lobby at the rear of the building. This entrance replaces the former (now removed) access via the external steel fire escape at the back of the building. The path to the Mausert Apartments will be stamped asphalt, 10 foot pedestrian sidewalk in agrey or red color. 
Initial Artists Impression of Outdoor Seating Area and New Retail Edge.
Outdoor Seating.Adjacent to the new Mausert Apartments sidewalk will be a 750 SF outdoor seating areafacing the rail trail, exclusively for the use of the new Asian Fusion restaurant proposedat 23 Park Street. There will be one controlled access point with adjacent seating. Theoutdoor seating area will be separated from the remainder of the site by a 30” high but4’0” wide versa-lok wall, consisting planting and capstones on top. Making the wallwider will create a physical separation from the rest of the site without creating a visual barrier between the rail trail and the building. A wider barrier will also prevent theability to pass alcoholic drinks from the seating area to the public area.Reconfigured Parking and Right of WayThe outdoor seating and new access to the Mausert Apartments will align with theeasterly edge of the building. A new 5 foot concrete sidewalk is proposed along this eastedge of the building and the outdoor seating area to create a retail edge for the new retailand restaurant occupancies and a new sidewalk connecting the Mausert Apartmentssidewalk. To the east of new sidewalk are seven proposed parking spots for the MausertApartments. The right of way to the TruNorth land to the south is maintained and newasphalt installed at the new parking areas to match the existing. Dumpsters for the building are located at the north of the site and enclosed in a timber fence enclosure.
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