Berkshire Mall closed again amid missed property tax payments

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LANESBOROUGH — Once again, the Berkshire Mall is closed.

On Friday afternoon, two days after the building's owner missed his fourth property tax payment in a row, all entrances to the building were locked.

With few cars in the parking lot, two people chatted outside a set of doors, speculating what caused the closure. There was no signage indicating a change in hours.

When reached by phone, Mike Kohan, principal of Berkshire Mall Realty Holdings, said he didn't know when the mall had closed or when it will reopen.

"I don't know," he said. "I'm in a different state."

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Kohan said the closure was due to issues related to the building's "fire panels," and that it had been resolved. He didn't provide further details, then hung up.

The mall has been closed abruptly several times over the past year.

Kohan, who bought the mall for $3.5 million in September 2016, has struggled to meet his financial obligations to the town and the Baker Hill Road District, which has legal jurisdiction over the mall's seven parcels.

Kohan-owned Kohan Retail Investment Group of Great Neck, N.Y., owns 30 shopping malls in 20 states. He has been involved in delinquent tax issues at some of the other properties as well.

Haven Orecchio-Egresitz can be reached at horecchio@berkshireeagle.com, @HavenEagle on Twitter and 413-770-6977.


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