Via our friends at Williams twitter, this article from The Berkshire Eagle:

Just over a year ago, Thomas Krens was flanked by two former Massachusetts governors as he introduced his proposal to revitalize downtown North Adams.

On Tuesday, Krens’ team detailed the continued work toward opening the Extreme Model Railroad and Contemporary Architecture Museum at Western Gateway Heritage State Park — which he believes would draw hundreds of thousands of visitors to downtown North Adams — at a North Adams Chamber of Commerce event.

The event, an annual holiday tradition for the chamber, drew plenty of interest from chamber members, who were taken on a tour of the studio where a team of Krens’ employees are designing the museum step by step, including a long and detailed model of the planned model railroad museum.

“It’s a work in progress, so everything is made of foam and held together by tape,” said Andr e Heller, the project’s manager. “It’s a working model, and our posters change and our models change on a daily basis.”

The installation will be rooted in a historical narrative, delving into what moments were important in railroad and architectural history and how they intersect with American history, Heller said.

In addition to the design, the museum’s planners face the challenge of raising funds to actually build it.

“It just came out of knowing my members would love to hear it firsthand from him, and he’s moving right along,” program coordinator Ricco Fruscio said of the event. “[Chamber members] get excited because they realize there are other people that are investing here too.”

Krens, a visionary behind the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art and former director of the Solomon Guggenheim Foundation in New York City, announced a proposal for the model train museum last December.

A Williamstown resident, Krens has made creating Route 2 a “cultural corridor” the center of his work. Krens has also detailed plans for a privately owned, 160,000-square-foot contemporary art museum at the Harriman and West Airport in North Adams and a revitalization effort at the Mohawk Theater, which has been closed for 25 years.

If and when it is completed, the museum will be the park’s largest building and feature nearly 10 miles of track for up to 100 precisely scaled model trains.

Fruscio also praised the ongoing progress of private development at the Redwood Motel and Greylock Mill.

“People are very excited, there’s a lot of investment coming into the area,” he said.

Good stuff! The more that Ephs like Krens ’69 can turn the area around the College into a “cultural corridor,” the better for Williams.

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