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North Adams Former Railyard

Heritage State Park Redevelopment


North Adams MA



Project type

Urban Design & Planning

Working with MassDevelopment, DREAM led an organic, incremental approach to strategically develop this former railyard to rehabilitate, brand, market, and activate the site for local connections, preservation, and arts and culture integration.

We created several phased intervention options for each of the vacant buildings, using a sustainable growth strategy that preserves their historic nature. The resulting Strategic Plan envisions local artisans renting existing maker, vendor, and studio spaces for short-term “activation without intervention,” white the site grows to include retail, office, restaurant, daycare, cafe, brewery, fitness, and co-working opportunities. DREAM also identified improvements to site connectivity and outdoor programming solutions for greater landscape and plaza activation, including plantings, a canopy, and events such as outdoor classes, farmer’s markets, and tie-ins with local running events.