Sears at the Berkshire Mall is slated for closure.
The company announced on Thursday the pending closure of 18 Sears stores and 45 Kmarts. The Berkshire Mall's location had been spared from earlier rounds of store closures by Sears Holdings but is part of the latest.
Truly Independent Wrestling is having trouble settling into its new home.
The fairly recently formed company is planning to hold monthly wrestling shows and hold workshops teaching the sports entertainment. The independent promoters formed last year and held shows in Pittsfield. Recently, they signed a lease at the Berkshire Mall, utilizing space of the former Old Navy store.
Another civil lawsuit has been filed against the owners of the Berkshire Mall.
UG2 LLC. filed a civil suit in Berkshire Superior Court Monday alleging Kohan Retail Investment Group bilked the company out of $143,096 worth of janitorial services. The company further accuses owner Mehran Kohansieh of "deceptive business practices."
The Berkshire Mall bills are piling up.
The mall owner, Kohan Retail Investment Group, under Berkshire Mail Realty Holdings, not only owes close to a half million in taxes to the town and to the Baker Hill Road District — $230,000 for the road district and $209,000 to the town.
Two years ago, BRPC undertook a survey of the available properties that are zoned for industrial usage, near main roads, and in proximity (not necessarily served by) to utilities. Only 41 of those properties have more than three acres of undeveloped, buildable land.
After two years at Arrowhead in Pittsfield, including last year's run as a traveling exhibit, curator Larry Moore hopes the mall location will be a permanent home for the exhibit, which features artifacts celebrating the game's connection to the region and area residents' connection to the game.
If Pittsfield doesn't want Walmart, Lanesborough will take it.
The Board of Selectmen have asked Town Manager Paul Sieloff to reach out to Walmart officials and ask if they'd consider building the supercenter on the Berkshire Mall property instead of in Pittsfield.
Eastern Mountain Sports could be the next store to leave the Berkshire Mall.
Eastern Outfitters is looking at closing 21 of 35 Bob's Stores and 27 of 51 Eastern Mountain Sports locations admits bankruptcy proceedings. The 4,226 retail space in the Berkshire Mall is one of those listed in the bankruptcy filings for closure.
Payless joins a number of national brands closing brick-and-mortar storefronts in the face of declining sales and the rise of online shopping. Two weeks ago, J.C. Penney, a founding anchor at the 30-year-old Berkshire Mall, announced its store there would be one of 140 nationwide slated for closure.
School officials are crafting a policy to address tuition costs on an annual basis.
Interim Superintendent Kimberly Grady told the Board of Selectmen on Monday that she will be presenting new policies to guide the tuition prices to the School Committee later this week. The move is in response to Lanesborough officials' desire to significantly raise the tuition costs for students coming from New Ashford.
The Baker Hill Road District has asked the state to allow it to purchase the Berkshire Mall.
The mall isn't currently for sale but the district wants to be in a place to acquire the property and needs legislative approval. The district had previously offered to purchase the property and the concept is to use the district as a tool in the creation of a public/private partnership with a private developer for reuse. The Baker Hill Road District is responsible for building and maintaining the con
JCPenney at the Berkshire Mall will be closing.
The store is part of 138 nationwide the company is closing. The anticipated closures were announced on Feb. 24 and on Friday the company released the list of specific stores slated for closure.
The town has settled the tax appeal lawsuits with the former owners of the Berkshire Mall.
The former owners, Strategic Property Services under Berkshire Mall LLC., had appealed its assessment for both fiscal year 2015 and 2016. But, when in preparing for its sale to Kohan Retail Investment Group, the owners sought a settlement agreement with the town and the Baker Hill Road District on those assessments and a lawsuit.
A settlement regarding the assessment of the Berkshire Mall may be near.
The Baker Hill Road District's Prudential Committee held an emergency meeting with the Board of Selectmen Monday night, in which both boards discussed the current Appellate Tax Board cases between Berkshire Mall LLC. and the town's Board of Assessors and the Baker Hill Road District as well as cases between those entities in the Massachusetts Appeals Court.
The town budget is expected to have few changes from last year.
Town Manager Paul Sieloff said he is "virtually finished" with his proposed budget; he is just waiting confirmation on a few items from the new town accountant. Sieloff said he is "pretty happy with where we are" and that his budget is going to look a lot like last years.
"The Board of Selectmen want me to keep a tight reign on the budget," Sieloff said.
The Finance Committee is recommending voters approve the Mount Greylock Regional High School Project.
In a 3-2 vote, the committee supported the part-renovation and part-new construction of the secondary school. The project is will cost $64.8 million with the town paying about a third of the district's $32.3 million share with the state funding the rest.
The Berkshire Mall is about to take another hit with the expected closure of Macy's in the next couple months.
Employees were reportedly told on Wednesday that the store would close after nine years. A formal announcement is expected Thursday.