Clark statement issued following November 9 town meeting

For Immediate Release

November 10, 2004

Last night Williamstown voters decided against supporting the bond issue that would have allowed the town of Williamstown to extend the municipal water supply to Mount Greylock Regional High School. This waterline would also have supplied the planned Clark Greylock facility along with providing a town water source for the high school and Sweetwood. Michael Conforti, director of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, stated:

"The Clark has always supported an open community process in discussing issues affecting the future of the town. We respect this decision. We will now turn our attention to locating a new facility at our South Street campus. We will be meeting with our architects in the next two weeks to refine our plans. We will present a design for this facility to the public next January. We intend to break ground on the project in May 2005, at the beginning of the Clark's 50th anniversary. We look forward to beginning this first phase of our expansion and all the possibilities it presents for the Clark and the community."

The location for the art, education, and conservation center is a level former field, approximately 500 yards south of the front of the Clark's 1973 red granite building and 100 feet from the Buxton School Property line. Under the Clark's current campus master plan, this location had been designated as a seasonal overflow parking area.

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