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Berkshire East turbine will have to please state Historical Commission

Saying that a 331-foot-tall wind turbine at the Berkshire East Ski Resort will be seen from several places on Main Street's village historic district, the Massachusetts Historical Commission wants consultants to either shorten the turbine, move it to a different location, or find other ways to ''mitigate the adverse effect'' of its visibility.

CHARLEMONT -- Saying that a 331-foot-tall wind turbine at the Berkshire East Ski Resort will be seen from several places on Main Street's village historic district, the Massachusetts Historical Commission wants consultants to either shorten the turbine, move it to a different location, or find other ways to ''mitigate the adverse effect'' of its visibility.

''The proposed turbine would diminish the feeling and setting of the Charlemont Village Historic District through the introduction of visual elements that are out of character with, and alter the setting of, the historic district,'' states a letter from Brona Simon, a state historic preservation officer.

The town's village center is listed in the state and national Registers of Historic Places.

The Jan. 6 letter was recently sent to the town Planning Board, the Hawley and Charlemont historical commissions, and to Project Manager David Strong of Sustainable Energy Development (SED), consultants for the Berkshire East project. SED also helped Jiminy Peak ski resort establish an energy-generating wind turbine there.

Strong said he was prepared for the commission's response, which is part of the regulatory process. ''This process is the way the MHC goes... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

CHARLEMONT -- Saying that a 331-foot-tall wind turbine at the Berkshire East Ski Resort will be seen from several places on Main Street's village historic district, the Massachusetts Historical Commission wants consultants to either shorten the turbine, move it to a different location, or find other ways to ''mitigate the adverse effect'' of its visibility.

''The proposed turbine would diminish the feeling and setting of the Charlemont Village Historic District through the introduction of visual elements that are out of character with, and alter the setting of, the historic district,'' states a letter from Brona Simon, a state historic preservation officer.

The town's village center is listed in the state and national Registers of Historic Places.

The Jan. 6 letter was recently sent to the town Planning Board, the Hawley and Charlemont historical commissions, and to Project Manager David Strong of Sustainable Energy Development (SED), consultants for the Berkshire East project. SED also helped Jiminy Peak ski resort establish an energy-generating wind turbine there.

Strong said he was prepared for the commission's response, which is part of the regulatory process. ''This process is the way the MHC goes about reviewing such projects,'' said Strong. He said the commission's finding was expected.


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JAN 23 2010
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