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Almost 200 people came to discuss what to do with the ‘Housy Dome’

HOUSATONIC — Although the future of the former Housatonic Elementary School building is still uncertain, many residents of the village have a clear vision they want for the future — one that’s thriving.

At a community meeting held at the Housatonic Community Center, or more commonly known as the “Housy Dome,” residents of both Great Barrington and Housatonic shared ideas for repurposing the aging building.

Just under 200 people packed seats to one side of the echoing basketball court. The meeting was strictly an opportunity to hear from residents, not the board, said Stephen Bannon, chairman of the town’s selectboard.

“We’re here to hear from you,” he said.

More than 30 people stood and shared ideas including housing, a home for nonprofits and arts, and daycare. A few residents, like Daniel Bartoni, even suggested tearing it down.

“If you haven’t been able to give it away the last 10 years, that should tell you something,” he said.

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