Lee Bank Opening Pittsfield Location

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Lee Bank announced that the doors to their new location at 180 South Street will officially open on Tuesday, June 20.
Construction began on the project in April of 2022, although conversations regarding the evolving needs of the downtown Pittsfield community, began several years prior to breaking ground.
According to a press release, it became apparent that the bank had outgrown the storefront space they had occupied for nearly a decade and that a ground-up build was needed . The building was designed to enable "relationship building and engagement" with the community.
"We sought to create a space that was a living, breathing representation of our core values and headline strategy: to be Berkshire County's premier relationship bank," President Chuck Leach said.
The manifestation of this includes:
  • A full-service branch with dedicated personal, commercial and mortgage bankers, as well as our financial wellness team
  • Multi-purpose community space available for reservation
  • "Mixed-use" space including apartments and designated outdoor areas for use by community groups and residential tenants
  • Bilingual banking services available by appointment at this location
  • Drive up/Drive up ATM
  • Free customer parking
In addition to some of the more functional aspects of building a new branch, much thought was also put into ensuring that the space was visually appealing, both from the exterior and interior, according to a press release.

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Pittsfield Lights Permanent, Young Christmas Tree

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

Linda Tyer welcomes the crowd to her last tree lighting as mayor. She leaves office in January. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city's permanent Christmas tree was lit for the holidays for the first time on Friday. Though the young tree is currently 9 feet tall, it is expected grow up to 50 feet in time.

"Look at our petite sweet little Christmas tree. I know it's a surprise to all of you to see that we have planted a tree in Park Square instead of our past tradition of having a big tree donated," Mayor Linda Tyer said.

"We really felt strongly that this was the time for us to preserve our natural forests by not cutting down trees and planting a tree here in Park Square that will grow and grow and grow, and I encourage moms and dads and grandparents and caregivers to get a photo with your kids next to this tree every year so you can watch them and the tree grow."

The rain didn't stop the tree-lighting ceremony on Friday. Families gathered with umbrellas around the conifer that was planted in October as they waited for Santa and Mrs. Claus to arrive.

"Here comes Santa Claus," Recreation and Special Events Coordinator Maddy Brown said as the Pittsfield High School chorus sang "Winter Wonderland."

The jolly duo pulled up on firetrucks to a long line of children waiting to recite their Christmas lists.

The tree was lit before the guests arrived, as the city felt due to its small stature it would be more festive to have it that way. Additionally, the shrubs around the fountain were illuminated.

Last year, the tree lighting ceremony returned in person after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19. Over the years, it has become harder for the city to locate a tree and transport it for installation.

This type of fir has a silver blue color, is more desirable under urban conditions, and has the least pest problems of many evergreens, Park, Open Space and Natural Resource Program Manager James McGrath said. It will grow about 10 inches per year and will typically reach 30-50 feet tall and 15-25 feet wide when mature.

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