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While some will have the opportunity to move out, others will move in at Fall River. A new 55-unit apartment complex is nearing completion, bringing new life to the city’s long-standing Durfee Tech building.
Not far away, however, urban businesses could be ousted if a mill building on Plymouth Avenue is sold.
Well-wishers breathed a sigh of relief this week when Judi St. Hilaire, wife of Mayor Paul Coogan, was discharged from hospital just eight days after a serious bicycle accident.
And just weeks after a horrific shootout that killed a shopkeeper and family man in Fall River, a suspect was charged with murder, masked masked robbery attempt, and illegal firearm possession.
In other news, there has been movement in the Jasiel Correia case as prosecutors appeal the judge’s decision to acquit the ex-mayor on several charges of wire and tax fraud and a suspect becomes in the fatal shootout last month River indicted.
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Bring back history
As developer Alan Macomber said, “a renaissance” is coming to Fall River with the completion of new apartments in a three-building complex at 64 Durfee Street. The project brings a new purpose to the well-known Durfee Tech building that is more than 100 years of city history. The building, built in 1895, first opened as the Bradford Durfee Textile School – the name sounds familiar? – and has transformed into various educational institutions many times over the years. The property stood vacant for 23 years before Macomber, who also developed the town’s Commonwealth Landing, bought it in 2017. In keeping with the building’s educational past, the apartments have been dubbed The Creative Class, underscoring the fact that some of the 55 apartments are designed to host local artists. The first tenants should move in by February. Take a look inside the new apartments, learn more about the history of the property and the plans for the building here.
Foretaste: The new apartments at Durfee Tech are nearing completion – take a look inside
City businesses are threatened with eviction
The fate of up to a dozen companies in Fall River is currently uncertain after it was revealed that the building will be sold. Tenant of the four-story mill on Plymouth Ave. 288, which include Lazer Gate, Straight Shooters, and Amp Academy, could face an eviction if a deal to sell the property and convert it to a self-storage facility is reached. Although the building hasn’t been sold and tenants haven’t received official eviction notice, an Illinois limited company called Bravo Development LLC went before the Fall River Zoning Board of Appeals last month and a derogation was approved to the entire 190,000. Convert -sqm building into an indoor warehouse. A “complete renovation” is to take place inside the 130-year-old structure, and two loading ramps will be built outside. It’s a wait and see situation for business owners, many of whom have long been residents of the building. Read more about this story here.
‘I just hope we survive’: This Fall River mill could become a storage facility. But what about the companies inside?
South coast pot industry is growing
Looking for a job? A local cannabis grower is on the hiring frenzy as they expand their growing capacities and the industry as a whole continues to grow. Cresco Labs, a national cannabis grower with a facility in Fall River, recently hosted a job fair at White’s of Westport that saw no shortage of applicants. The company recently expanded to move to the third and fourth floors of the historic mill building it shares with cannabis retailer Sunnyside, a move that has tripled its growing capacity. They are therefore looking for more people who are enthusiastic about the system and want to contribute to the growth of the industry. Did you miss this past fair? No problem. A Cresco official is expecting another round of hiring soon. Read more about their expansion here and learn what it takes to get your foot in the door.
Hire now: Fall River cannabis breeder expands its workforce
Correia acquittals were challenged
While the former mayor Jasiel F. Correia II is appealing his conviction for fraud and extortion, his prosecutors have appealed themselves: They want the jury’s 21 convictions to stand. Last week, the US government announced to the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit that it was appealing a decision by Judge Douglas Woodlock to acquit Correia in 10 additional wire fraud and tax fraud cases. On May 14, after a month-long trial, a jury found the former mayor guilty of 21 wire fraud, tax fraud, extortion and extortion conspiracies. The jury convicted him of misusing hundreds of thousands of dollars in investor money for a smartphone app he developed called SnoOwl, filing false tax returns, and staging a pay-to-play program that extorted marijuana business owners over the paperwork that required for the opening was river fall. Read here why Judge Correia acquitted of 10 counts in the first place and why the government’s appeal could be unusual.
Jasiel Correia: The prosecution appeals the former mayor and demands 10 additional convictions for fraud
Fall River fatal shootout
He shot him in the chest and ran away empty-handed. That’s what police say happened on the night of October 18, when murder suspect Nelson Coelho allegedly shot and killed Lal Kishor Mahaseth while trying to close his supermarket on Rock Street. Mahaseth was pronounced dead at Charlton Memorial Hospital later that night after police said a single .38 caliber bullet ripped through his chest and exited his back. Coelho was tried in the River District Court last week on charges of murder, attempted masked robbery and illegal possession of a firearm. Upon appearing in court, further details about the night of the fatal attack emerged. Read more about it here.
Murder in the City: Fall River man charged with murder for shooting grocery store owner