PITTSFIELD — From the street, only a fresh sign and a dolled-up entry hint at the multimillion-dollar transformation inside.
But make no mistake. It’s flower power time at 501 Dalton Ave. in Pittsfield.
Over the past year, construction crews have turned the nondescript former home of the Salvation Army Family Store, beside Ken’s Bowl, into what’s poised to become Berkshire County’s most lucrative farming address.
In February, the first clusters of cannabis flowers were snipped from laden stems in one of Berkshire Roots’ three massive indoor grow rooms — a third of an acre, in all, of heavily regulated photosynthesis.
And one morning this week, the company’s cultivation manager, Dennis Gibbons, had the next harvest in mind as he stood at the controls of a complex irrigation system and pumps sipped from barrels of nutrients near a 5,500-gallon emergency water supply.
Just months ago, store workers under this roof were sorting through