New Court Action Ramps Up Pressure on Berkshire Mall Owner
The Berkshire Mall might have reopened, but the financial issues facing its owner continue to mount.
And if those issues aren't resolved by mid-May, the town could begin the process of seizing the mall.
The Berkshire Eagle reports the Baker Hill Road District, which has legal jurisdiction over the mall's seven parcels, has taken mall owner Mike Kohan and his local entity, Berkshire Mall Realty Holdings LLC, to court again.
The road district has filed a motion in Berkshire Superior Court seeking to attach $117,722 in unpaid tax revenue and interest to the mall's property that Kohan's company owes for tax bills that were mailed Jan. 1 and due Feb. 4, according to court documents.
A motion hearing has been scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday in Berkshire Superior Court.
Kohan, who purchased the Berkshire Mall in September 2016 for $3.5 million, has frequently been delinquent in paying tax bills to the town and the road district. He paid his fiscal 2017 and 2018 tax bills right up against the deadline. In 2018, Kohan told The Eagle he had to borrow the money to pay his outstanding tax debt.