By Cory Willey
GREAT BARRINGTON — The Maple Avenue property which houses Fairview Hospital’s Outpatient Rehabilitation Center has been sold at auction, but the new landlord promises that the tenant and its clients need not worry: The medical facility is here to stay.
“I’m thrilled that they’re the tenants, that’s why I bought the building,” said local developer Ian Rasch after his $1.33 million bid on the 10 Maple Avenue property won at Monday’s on-site auction, held to the side of the building in order to give patients privacy as they entered the facility. “Hopefully they remain long-term tenants.”
Rasch — who along with Framework Properties partner Sam Nickerson is developing the 47 Railroad project — purchased this property on his own, he said after the auction closed Monday. Rasch is the former director of development for Allegrone Companies and has more than 15 years experience in real estate investment and development.
With the purchase of the property, Rasch assumes the lease agreement as it currently stands. According to Fairview Hospital Executive Vice President Anthony Rinaldi, that lease does not expire until Jan. 31, 2023.
“The ownership of the building has changed but the purposes will go on unchanged,” Rinaldi said Tuesday. “By all accounts those three services will remain intact and a vital part of our outpatient services….The 10 Maple Avenue facility is an important space and we are happy it went to a solid developer who has interest in south Berkshire.”
Though they have not yet spoken directly, Rinaldi said he shares Rasch’s hopes that Fairview will remain at the location for the long-term.
“I am sure we will be working with the new landlord at some point to look at extension or revision of the lease,” Rinaldi added.
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