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THE SELF-TAUGHT GARDENER: Life is a beech

When it comes to woody plants, I feel more strongly about protecting them from insects and managing diseases than I do about perennials and annuals.

Special permit in hand, Lee’s Eagle Mill developer is on a roll

The Eagle Mill project reached perhaps its most important milestone last month when local and state officials, including Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, visited the mill to announce a $4.9 million MassWorks Infrastructure Program grant to upgrade water lines and support residential and commercial development.

Lee snags almost $5 million in state infrastructure funds, clearing the way for ‘transformative’ Eagle Mill project

Mill Renaissance LLC must still obtain site plan approval, conservation commission approval, the allocation of historic tax credits and additional commercial. Developer Jeffrey Cohen hopes to start construction on the $60 million project in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Business Briefs: Clinton Church Restoration seeks proposals; grant for CDCSB; Davis joins Saint James Place board; Jack Miller Contractors makes Remodeling’s Big50; BCC...

Saint James Placehas announced that Leigh Davis, director of development at Mill Renaissance LLC and Eagle Mill Redevelopment LLC, has been elected to its board of directors.

Eagle Mill developer buys historic Lee station, as mill proposal inches closer to reality

“It preserves historic assets. These are unique town assets. You just don't want them to go by the wayside." -- Developer Jeffrey Cohen, on acquiring the former New Haven rail station in Lee, Mass. “It preserves historic assets. These are unique town assets. You just don't want them to go by the wayside." -- Developer Jeffrey Cohen, on acquiring the former New Haven rail station in Lee, Mass.  

Powerhouse developer envisions similar development for Lee’s old Price Chopper

"We're designing a similar project to the one in Great Barrington. Downtown Lee is like Great Barrington's. It's a vibrant New England downtown. It's where people want to live." -- Michael Charles of Benchmark Development

Business Briefs: Restoration grant for Shays’ Rebellion monument; Davis joins Mill Renaissance LLC; Red Lion Inn artist residency; Cultural Facilities Fund grant for CATA;...

Davis will report directly to principal developer Jeffrey N. Cohen on projects including a $70 million revitalization of the historic Eagle Mill in Lee and the revitalization of the Spinning Mill, a 225,000-square-foot mill in Adams.

With new partners Eagle Mill redevelopment envisions commercial, residential downtown complex in Lee

The project, which will include both new construction and reuse of the mill, would add retail and office space, restaurants, a health club and pool open to the public, and in excess of 100 units of housing.

Revised Eagle Mill redevelopment plan includes larger hotel, ‘public market’ concept for downtown Lee

"I like the whole project. It's a big change for Lee but in the right direction.” Without it, the abandoned mill would "just be blight in the town." --- Lee Planning Board Chairman and Selectman Tom Wickham

Eagle Mill hotel may grow to 85 rooms with potential partnership

Developer Jeffrey Cohen of Mill Renaissance LLC said he modified his roughly $70 million redevelopment plan somewhat after two “significant” real estate development and construction companies approached him with the idea of a partnership to build an 85-room hotel.

Developer says no to polluted Ried Cleaners; town should ‘take lead’

Developer Jeffrey Cohen says the town should deal with the property no matter who eventually develops it since it will require the town’s capacities in both finding funding and shouldering liability for the legacy of dry cleaning chemicals that are still migrating across town in groundwater.

Back taxes may force polluted Ried Cleaners into town’s hands

At least a half dozen offers to buy the property have come in over the nine years it has been on the market, but the offers were too low to clear debts to the town and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.

Offer to clean up dormant Ried Cleaners rejected; contamination spreads

“There is a chronic risk to current postal workers exposed to basement air at the [Great Barrington] Post Office due to naphthalene, PCE and TCE” left from the adjacent Ried Cleaners, an environmental consultant concluded.

In Lee, National Park Service edict jeopardizes Eagle Mill redevelopment 

“You lose the culture, lose the history...but maybe we say to hell with that and clear the whole site — we have six acres on the water in a nice area of town.” --- Renaissance Mill LLC developer, Jeffrey Cohen
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