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The City Council will be presented with a tax increment financing agreement expected to save Mill Town Capital about $215,000 over the next decade on the Bousquet Sport facility.

Mill Town Seeking TIF for Bousquet Sport

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mill Town Capital is requesting a 10-year tax increment financing agreement for the redevelopment of the former Berkshire West into Bousquet Sport. 

On Tuesday, the City Council will be presented with a TIF that is expected to save the investment firm about $215,000 in real estate taxes over a decade, starting at 100 percent in fiscal 2025 and decreasing to 10 percent by fiscal 2034.

"Bousquet Sport, located at 100 Dan Fox Drive in Pittsfield, will feature a multi-purpose sports facility that will include six pickleball courts, new locker rooms, cardio and fitness equipment," Mayor Linda Tyer wrote in an order.

"The facility will be fully renovated to be building, fire and ADA code compliance. Mill Town Capital is investing $19,000,000 in improvements to the property and projecting the need for three full-time employees with an additional 15 part­-time employees." 

In the last few years, Mill Town has redeveloped the historic Bousquet Ski mountain and the former Lakeside Christian Camp into Camp Arrow Wood.

The investment firm says the acquisition of Bousquet and Bousquet Sport, which are across the street from one another, would meet a growing future demand for outdoor recreation and wellness. 

A new 15,000-square-foot addition will feature six pickleball courts, two golf simulators, a beverage center, a pro shop, office space, and a customer center. 

The existing 45,000-square-foot facility will be upgraded with new locker rooms, new cardio and fitness equipment, and multiple renovations to bring it up to code. 

The exterior of the building and its property will also be renovated. 

"Mill Town Capital has projected a capital investment in Bousquet Sport of $15,000,000 in hard costs and $4,000,000 in soft costs for a total investment of $19,000,000. In FY24 real estate taxes for Bousquet Sport total $72,076.75. The projected real estate taxes are projected to average $99,809 per year over the next 10 years, even with the approval of the proposed Tax Increment Financing Agreement," a memorandum reads. 

"Additional taxes will be collected for the two other properties Mill Town has acquired in. the vicinity. Mill Town Capital is projecting the need for three (3) full time employees for Bousquet, supplemented with 15 part-time employees." 

A new, 15,000 square-foot ski lodge at Bousquet was constructed in place of the over 50-year building that was found to be out of code.  

The mountain, which welcomed skiers back in late 2021, also underwent upgrades to its lift and snowmaking equipment. 

The sports-centric Camp Arrow Wood opened last summer, offering a traditional camp, a leadership camp for older student-athletes, and an outdoor adventure camp. 

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West Side Residents Build Ideal Neighborhood At Zoning Session

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

Program manager James McGrath opens the session at Conte Community School.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Residents mapped out a West Side they would like to see during an input session this week, utilizing multi-use properties to create robust density.

Held at Conte Community School on Monday, this was the second meeting of a project to examine zoning in the neighborhood. The Department of Community Development, in partnership with Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity, has been working with an urban planning and design consulting team on the effort that will conclude on June 30.

"This is a really important project for your neighborhood," Park, Open Space, and Natural Resource Program Manager James McGrath said.

Multifamily houses with spaces to accommodate a small business were popular. A community center, church, year-round farmer's market, and even a place to draw in commerce appeared as elements on the tabletop street.

An emphasis was also placed on the amount of immigrants coming to the area in need of housing.

Max Douhoure, community outreach coordinator for Habitat, explained that he grew up in Africa where people liked to live together, which his build reflected.

"I wanted to improve their conditions," he said. "That’s what I did."

During the first meeting in November, the team heard desires for businesses and commercial uses — including a need for small, family-owned business support. The session provided an overview of what zoning is, what zoning can and can't do, how zoning can improve the community, and the impact on residents.

"Today's exercise is really about creating spaces in buildings and on properties to do a combination of residential [uses] that meet the needs and commercial uses that meet the needs of the neighborhood,"  Emily Keys Innes, principal of Innes Associates explained.

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