Berkshire Mall tax windfall could cut local costs at Lanesborough security complex | Berkshires Center

LANESBOROUGH — When Lanesborough residents come together this fall to consider buying land, it will come with a sweetener.

One at $150,000.

Baker Hill Road District leaders voted this week to give the city that amount of money to spend on the site of a planned public safety complex.

“It was a huge giveaway – a lump sum,” said Kristen A. Tool, chair of the police station building committee.

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For years Lanesborough worked to replace an old police station at 8 Prospect St. This assignment turned into plans to incorporate a fire station as well.

No construction site has been announced, but the matter is expected to come before voters at a special town meeting before the end of the year, Tool said.

“We can’t move forward until we have taxpayer approval,” she said. “There is progress on securing a site.”

For years, the Baker Hill Road District Prudential Committee has contributed money to the city’s emergency services and police operations, backed by tax payments from owners of the Berkshire Shopping Center.

In a statement, the district said it received a windfall with the mall’s recent sale, recovering “all unpaid taxes and a large assessed interest payment on the overdue tax.”

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“With this donation, the District of Baker Hill Road is proud to continue to partner and strengthen its community relationships,” the group said in the statement, “and in particular its commitment to help ensure a response of first class to public safety issues. at Lanesborough.

On Monday, road district members plan to attend a public information session about the next step for the mall: a cannabis grow facility.

This session begins at 6 p.m. Monday in the basement of City Hall.