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A general store offering many local products is being planned for empty office space in the former Vacation Village.

Lanesborough Will Consider New General Store For Beer, Wine License

By Joe DurwiniBerkshires Staff
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The board also heard about the annual townwide cleanup day on April 24.
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — A new general store-style retailer with a focus on offering local products was given the nod to move forward with planning at a long vacant commercial space on Route 7, part of a complex formerly occupied by Vacation Village of the Berkshires.
The Select Board on Monday offered no objection to a preliminary inquiry presented by Ana Bradbury about applying for a wine and beer license. Bradbury indicated the business — which was not identified by name — wanted to get a read on the availability and likelihood of obtaining the license before moving forward with the various other permitting steps.
Bradbury said the store intends to offer "home goods and limited groceries" with the goal of stocking most of its shelves with products from within the region.
"Everything from artisans to farms, the major items are going to be from the Berkshires," said Bradbury.
In addition to farmed products like cheese, produce, and maple syrup, she also hopes to sell a selection of craft beers, and wines from Massachusetts. Currently, five beer and wine licenses are available in Lanesborough, on a first-come, first-serve basis. This license is the only one of the permitting requirements for the business that comes under the purview of the Select Board.
Select Board members told Bradbury they have no prohibitive concerns about the concept of granting one of the licenses at that location, and were generally pleased to see the vacant space utilized.
"This will be a fun shop to go to, an attraction," said Select Board member Gordon Hubbard. "As long as the i's are dotted and the t's are crossed, I would be a huge advocate of new opportunities for Lanesborough."
Building inspector Rick Reid said significant work will need to be involved to re-purpose the intended space at 20 Williamstown Road, which consists of four gutted previous office spaces, formerly part of office and conference space for Vacation Village.
It is part of a five-building complex sold in August by Patriot Resorts Corp. for $250,000 Anthony P. Doyle, trustee of the Normalk NT, according to Berkshire County real estate records. Several other businesses have moved there in recent months.
In other business:
For the 13th consecutive year, Lanesborough will host a townwide volunteer clean up of its public roadways on Saturday, April 24.
Martha Freedman of the Lanesborough Town Clean Up Committee told the board that trash bags and information will be available at Lanesborough Elementary School from 9 to noon, unless there is rain.
"People usually have places that are really bothering them, where they see trash piling up," Freedman said, though the group is not encouraging residents to tackle more highly trafficked highways such as Route 7, which could be dangerous.
Freedman said a master list of any larger items that are found that can't be picked up will be provided to the Highway Department, as in past years.
• The Select Board voted to finalize a new formal process for receiving complaints from residents, proposed by town employees in March. 
A new form will be available on the town website to process complaints confidentially; complaints about any town staff will go to town manager, unless the complaint is about the town manager, in which case it will go to the chair of the Select Board.

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Mill Town Prepares for Future Skyline Entertainment

By Joe DurwiniBerkshires Staff

The Board of Selectmen meets on Monday.

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Food, liquor and entertainment licenses have been granted to Skyline at Seven LLC at the former Skyline Country Club, though activity there is not anticipated anytime soon.

Tim Burke of Mill Town, who purchased the former country club for $750,000 earlier this year, told the Selectmen on Monday that while most of the property will be devoted to the planned installation of solar fields, the plan is to reintroduce the main building "for events consistent with the club's previous usage."

"We have no plans to do anything this year, but do expect to have some event type structure eventually," Burke said.

The board approved all three license requests by unanimous 2-0 vote. Chair John Goerlach abstained due to business dealings with Mill Town.

In other town business:

  • Katara Mullet will join the town's administration as interim town treasurer, effective immediately, following approval of her appointment by the Board of Selectmen on Monday.

  • The Selectmen approved an updated policy for the disposal of surplus town property provided by Town Manager Kelli Robbins, and approved a specific surplus disposal of unused equipment by the highway department.

  • The board renewed an annual contract with CAI Technologies to maintain the town's geographic information system mapping.

  • Martha Freedman of the Lanesborough Clean Up Committee called the recent town cleanup "highly successful," hailing a great turnout of all ages. "The town looks so much better with the litter cleaned up," Freedman told the board, "People are less likely to litter if they don't see trash accumulated."

  • The Selectmen approved a list of proposed roads for Chapter 90 improvements for FY22. "We are taking the low-hanging fruit," said Highway Superintendent Bill Decelles, "Everything that is in the worst shape is on the list."

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