The Tyler Street Lab, an outgrowth of 2019 neighborhood pop-up initiative which was based at 730 Tyler St., has been reimagined and is poised to take up residency at a new location, 741 Tyler St., beginning this fall.

Mayor Linda Tyer said the Lab’s resurgence is a much welcome addition to the city especially as more aspects of community life continue to reopen.

The Tyler Street Lab is based on the premise that a community becomes stronger when there is a place for residents, community members, and businesses to join together, collaborate, and thrive,” said Mayor Linda Tyer. “Now more than ever, I am excited to know that this dedicated space will once again have a place in our community, allowing residents of all ages and backgrounds to learn new skills, deepen their relationships, and build new networks across our city”

Community Development Director Deanna Ruffer  said,

The city will serve as the fiscal agent for the Lab, which will also be a conduit for other community programs and organizations. Thanks to a $20,000 grant from Berkshire Bank Foundation, a $15,000 earmark secured by Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, and carry over funding from last year’s pop-up initiative, the Lab will enter into a two-year lease agreement with Mill Town Capital, a private investment group that provides a platform for community revitalization.

Of Mill Town, Ruffer noted that the firm is working collaboratively to improve the Morningside neighborhood, Pittsfield, and Berkshires by investing in valuable projects such as the Tyler Street Lab, building connections, and empowering entrepreneurs and community organizations.

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