Friday July 5, 2013

ADAMS, Mass. -- A Vermont business is working on a three-year lease in hopes of moving into the long-empty Adams Armory, with plans to host regular entertainment there. Ideal Event Management, of Bennington has received the Zoning Board of Appeals’ approval to host events in the 89 Park St. space, which is owned by Otis Realty Inc. in Watertown.

"It’s an ideal spot," said Marc Tetlow, owner of Ideal Event Management, in an interview with the Transcript on Tuesday. "The building’s in great shape and it’s just the right size for what we’re looking to do."

Tetlow said plans for the space could bring a wide variety of programming to town.

He said the company has strong relationships with celebrity guest speakers, authors and lecturers, musical acts, the Syfy Network’s Ghost Hunters, professional wrestling promotions and independent film circles. Any of these could wind up hosting events there, Tetlow said.

"It’s a win for the town of Adams," said Zoning Board member Peter West. " ... I think it’s going to be dynamic. This is a business that’s going to put people on Park Street."

Tetlow said the company, which he said hosts events all over the country, has sought a local home for years. They’d also looked in North Adams, but Adams ultimately proved the right fit.

"Adams is a nice, quaint town," Tetlow said.


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The Armory’s previous tenant was the National Guard, who vacated the 25,000-square-foot building in 2003.

Habib Aminipour of Otis paid $533,500 for the building at a state auction in Aug. 2004 but the building’s been mothballed since then.

Now, Ideal Event Management is looking to ink a three-year lease. Efforts to reach the Armory’s current ownership were unsuccessful as of press time. Tetlow said he’s scheduled to meet with Selectmen next month.

"After that, things are going to start happening quite quickly," he said.

Steve Gonsalves and Dave Tango, of Ghost Hunters, also attended the Zoning Board meeting in June that approved Ideal Event Management’s permit.

According to West, the group is interested in the building. Ideal

Events Management hopes to land a Halloween haunted house in the space as well, he added. West said speculation unique to the Armory spurred the idea.

"Rumor has it there might be a ghost in the building," he said, adding the spirit is thought to be that of a former, one-legged janitor.

To reach Phil Demers, email pdemers@thetranscript.com.