The Baker Hill Road District has taken a new tactic to secure back taxes from the Berkshire Mall.
On Dec. 7, the district the district filed a lawsuit in Berkshire Superior Court against Berkshire Mall Realty Holdings seeking $276,859 plus interest from the properties. The request for taxes owed to the district for the first two quarters of the fiscal year.
In back-to-back years, the Berkshire Mall has been taken to court for not paying snow plowing contracts.
M. Ostrander LLC. Successfully sued Berkshire Mall Realty Holdings for $77,840 after the mall paid only a portion of the amount due to the company. The suit names both Berkshire Mall Realty Holdings and owner Merman Kohansieh.
The pair had sat down with Assessor Kelly Tolisano, who explained to them that the mall is valued at $19.5 million, resulting in a tax bill of $417,000 — a number that is significantly down from the mall's heyday and one that the current owner routinely falls behind on and then catches up at the last moment.
The Baker Hill Road District hopes to have Senate approval to own property, specifically the Berkshire Mall, on Thursday.
State Sen. Adam Hinds' office said they are currently prepping for the bill to go for a vote on Thursday. It had been stuck in the Senate's Rule's Committee receiving review from Senate Counsel. The House had passed the measure last June.
Berkshire Mall management had security escort an iBerkshires reporter from the property Wednesday afternoon.
iBerkshires had heard reports that the mall had lost power. We attempted to call management to find out what happened by the phone was "temporarily unavailable." So, we drove there to find out.
The owners of the Berkshire Mall still hasn't paid a Superior Court Judgment to Petricca Industries. And now, Petricca wants to collect what it is owed from rent the stores pay.
Petricca has filed for a trustee process, which seeks to extricate the approximately $250,000 owed from store's rent money. The move essentially looks to garnish the mall's income to pay the judgment - the money would go from the stores to Petricca instead of Berkshire Mall Realty Holdings.
Police are now parking a cruiser outside of the Garden Grill to help curb an outbreak of recent trouble.
The establishment had warned manager Armando Charis to keep a closer eye on patrons earlier this month after three incidents of fights breaking. And the following weekend, a man was jumped in the parking lot and ended up with a broken jaw.
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.