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Truck Crashes Into Former Johnny's Beach Club
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
01:18PM / Thursday, July 28, 2022
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The former Johnny's Beach Club on Wahconah Street in Pittsfield was hit by a pickup truck on Wednesday, severely damaging the building.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A pickup truck crashed into the former Johnny’s Beach Club on Wednesday night, taking down the front of the building.

The crash into the empty building at 87 Wahconah St. occurred at about 9:50 p.m. 

Two people who were in the vehicle were taken to Berkshire Medical Center for minor injuries and the city's building inspectors were notified.

A photo posted to Facebook by a resident showed a white pickup with its front end in the building and its back end on the sidewalk.

The brick addition on the front of the building where the accident occurred was destroyed and surrounded with caution tape. It had previously been in disrepair. 

Johnny’s Beach Club has been closed for a number of years and in 2019, the owners opted to put it on the market.  The bar, which was sold to new owners in 2017, faced multiple sanctions in the past from the Licensing Board for various incidents.

In 2015, a 20-year-old man was shot in the foot at the establishment and it was forced to close at midnight.

Last month, attorney Jeffrey Lynch told the board that a plan to demolish the building to make way for a mixed-use structure was not moving forward. He said the owners were now trying to sell the liquor license. The owner is listed as 87 Wahconah St. LLC and the 1910 building and property were assessed at $176,000.

The owners were given two months to make a sale or the liquor license will be rescinded.

The accident is being investigated by Sgt. Marc Maddalena of the Traffic Division. Anyone with information is asked to call 413-448-9700.

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