WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- More than 300 online "petitioners" have joined seven town residents using Facebook and iPetition to raise awareness of reports that Williams College is considering building a $64-million, 200,000-square-foot facility for its art museum at the corner of Southworth and Main streets. The petition opposes the location.
On Nov. 27, at 8:06 p.m., Stephanie Boyd posted this to her Facebook page:
Perhaps you are interested in this issue. Williams College is exploring the possibility of building a new college arts complex to house the WCMA art collection and galleries, faculty offices, administrative offices, meeting spaces, viewing rooms, a potential café, and other associated spaces.
The site currently under consideration for this project is located at the northwest corner of Southworth St. and Main St. in Williamstown which is zoned General Residence 2. The project will necessitate the removal of historic properties and greatly diminish the quiet people-friendly nature of Southworth St.
We hope you will read the background material and petition here: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/save-southworth-street
Please feel free to forward this email to your friends and colleagues.Thank you,Henry Art, Williamstown resident and Williams College, Rosenburg Professor of Environmental Studies and Biology; Stephanie Boyd, Williamstown resident and former director of the Williams College Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives; Betsy Burris, Williamstown resident; Richard D. De Veaux, Williamstown resident and Williams College, C. Carlisle and Margaret Tippit Class of ’42 Professor of Statistics; Sylvia Logan, Williamstown resident; Anne O’Connor, Williamstown resident (and selectwoman); and Catherine McKeen, Williamstown resident.