Williams explores options for additio...

Williams explores options for additional on-campus lodging

There are 9 comments on the Advocate Weekly story from Sep 25, 2013, titled Williams explores options for additional on-campus lodging. In it, Advocate Weekly reports that:

A consultant hired by Williams College has recently found that a New England-style inn with around 60 rooms, near the bottom of Spring Street, would be profitable for the college.

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Dick Swart

The Dalles, OR

#1 Sep 25, 2013
Of course, said this olde farte, the original Williams Inn (now Dodd House) was the arch-type New England Inn. Ahhh, the memories of Jess at the bar where one's age was never a question.

Ardsley, NY

#2 Sep 26, 2013
Last I knew, Williams College was in the business of education. It should stay that way.
Simp X

United States

#4 Oct 2, 2013
Can someone explain the issue here?

Since: Jan 13

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#5 Oct 12, 2013
Simp X wrote:
Can someone explain the issue here?
To me, it seems that Williams College is trying to cut their losses. The article makes it appear as a sad testiment to the love of money and the disregard for history. Very unusual that Williamstown is not using history to make money. But, they know best obviously.

Pittsfield, MA

#6 Oct 16, 2013
If the four seasons attempted to develop the land on the old legion property at the bottom of Spring Street for a profitable hotel, would it be allowed? No.

Pittsfield, MA

#7 Oct 16, 2013
"Last I knew, Williams College was in the business of education. It should stay that way.."

hahahha. I had to laugh for a second on that one. Williams has ownership of almost all the prime business property in Williamstown, and completely controls development in town, as well as having major influence and the ability to block competing interests in the neighboring towns of Pownal Vermont and North Adams MA. A more pure monopoly, would be hard to find.

Education? Good one!

Pittsfield, MA

#8 Oct 21, 2013
Hey dick swart.. great seeing you "here". Let's do lunch at the pub...

Conklin, NY

#9 Oct 22, 2013
Honestly who cares what Williams does?

Pittsfield, MA

#10 Oct 23, 2013
JW- Locals who are subjected to a monopoly care. It is not really a matter of what Williams does as much as it is a matter of what others cannot do.

When a single largely non taxed entity in a town decides what lives and dies, and when through influence it can develop the market any way it sees fit, while blocking other industry, it matters. A massive amount of tax free property, and development of economy that only benefits the tax free entity. That's a problem. We have a high school that is falling apart, and need a new fire station and trucks to meet the needs of many new non taxed Williams properties. Taxes here have skyrocketed in the last 4 years. The population is dwindling. But in many ways you are correct, it really does not matter anymore, because the town has been lost. It is embarrassing.

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