Plan for 4-story buildings in Lee stirs deep divisions

Plan for 4-story buildings in Lee stirs deep divisions

LEE — Residents will vote on a proposed zoning bylaw change at Lee’s annual town meeting that would allow four-story buildings in the downtown area. A public hearing for the proposed warrant item was held Monday. Local developers Michael Charles and Brian Cohan of Lenox-based Benchmark Development appealed to voters to consider the bylaw change, […]

Former Greylock Mill in Lee will now produce marijuana

Former Greylock Mill in Lee will now produce marijuana

LEE — A California developer has purchased the former Greylock Mill and its new owner plans to use the facility to cultivate and manufacture marijuana. Franz Chan, CEO and founder of Adelanto, California-based Golden Tree & Co. Technology Corp., presented his plans for the building at a select board meeting earlier this month. Golden Tree […]

Redevelopment plans in Lee include former Price Chopper

Redevelopment plans in Lee include former Price Chopper

LEE — A California-based developer is hoping to catch some rays in Lee with the installation of a solar farm on a 105-acre property off Chanter Road. Annie McQuillan, community engagement manager for Cypress Creek Renewables, came before the Lee Planning Board on Monday night to propose the project and submit a site plan. As […]

Declining student population leads discussion in Lee

Declining student population leads discussion in Lee

LEE — With more people moving out than moving in and more deaths than births, school districts across Berkshire County are facing critical declining school populations. The student population has declined 26 percent in Berkshire County since 2000 and is estimated to decline another 16 percent by 2028, said H. Jake Eberwein III, superintendent of […]

Tri-town Health Board adopts recycling regulations options

Tri-town Health Board adopts recycling regulations options

LEE — For residents of the tri-town area, recycling is about to become much more accessible. Responding to complaints from residents about lack of recycling options from haulers. “We’ve been working on these draft regulations for probably a couple of years now,” James Wilusz, director of the Tri-Town Health Board said. The board receives a […]

Lee Zoning Board of Appeals issues permit to Eagle Mill

Lee Zoning Board of Appeals issues permit to Eagle Mill

By Theodore Nappo LEE — The town’s decaying and forgotten Eagle Mill is one step closer to transformation. At a Nov. 14 meeting, the Zoning Board of Appeals unanimously approved a special permit request for Mill Renaissance to redevelop the old mill structure. The project is led by Jeffrey Cohen, an Adams developer who seeks […]

Lee would like to minimize use of plastic bottle, straws

Lee would like to minimize use of plastic bottle, straws

By Joel Williams LEE — The town’s Greener Gateways Committee would like to minimize the use of single-use plastics in the town. The town passed a bylaw back in 2017 banning the use of single-use plastic bags, a measure that Lenox and Great Barrington have also taken. Now, the town is looking at plastic straws […]

Rest of River Committee to enter into mediation

Rest of River Committee to enter into mediation

By Joel Williams The Rest of River Municipal Committee will be formally entering into mediation with General Electric to resolve issues surrounding the cleanup of the Housatonic River watershed. “The EPA has strongly suggested to the five communities involved, that is Lee, Lenox, Stockbridge, Great Barrington and Sheffield, that we enter into a non-binding mediation […]

Canna Provisions hopes to open Lee’s first marijuana retailer on Housatonic Street

Canna Provisions hopes to open Lee’s first marijuana retailer on Housatonic Street

LEE — The first prospective marijuana retailer in town has eyes on a location on Housatonic Street, within sight of the Massachusetts Turnpike. Canna Provisions Inc. hopes to operate the first adult-use marijuana retail storefront at 220 Housatonic Street, currently occupied by Southern States Auto Sales. The site neighbors the Lee Dunkin’ Donuts location. The […]