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The Center for Economic Development at the University of Massachusetts, in Amherst, is part of the Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning Department, and is funded by the Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the University of Massachusetts.


In collaboration with a student team from the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the Community Development Corporation of Lee explored the potential reuse of an industrial parcel owned by Lane Construction Corporation in Lee, Massachusetts. The 243-acre property is currently in operation as a gravel and sand operation and asphalt processing plant in Lenox Dale, north of Lee center.

Identified as one of the largest industrial zoned parcels in New England, the Lane site has great economic potential in the future development of the town and the surrounding region. However, the site also presents significant environmental challenges including its location near sensitive natural resources such as the bordering Housatonic River and an underlying major aquifer. Consequently, future recommendations for the property will need to consider site-specific environmental issues as well as cultural issues such as the economic and recreational needs of Lee and the surrounding Berkshire County. Recommendations for the site also require sensitivity to the Town of Lee and the current proprietary conditions of Lane Construction Corporation.


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