State historic panel warns Eagle developer ‘not so fast’

LEE — The Eagle Mill Development Project has apparently come up against a potential roadblock issued  by the Massachusetts Historic Commission.

However, the Eagle Mill developer, Jeffrey Cohen, sees this setback as a “bump in the road”, rather than a full roadblock.

Brona Simon of the commission sent a letter to the Eagle Mills project citing historic houses on West Center Street in town may not be eligible for demolition because to their historic standing.

The Eagle Mill is located in front of West Center Street along the Housatonic River in Lee and along the street there are a few homes that have been abandoned and have fallen into disrepair over the past few years.

The Eagle Mill developer says he plans to demolish the old buildings and construct a housing complex for residents to feature 43 units and many will be affordable, while others will be market rate.

Cohen said, “When I first read the (historic commission’s)letter, I was disappointed. We’ve had so many wins. But we’re fixing this.”