I don't know, maybe these falling trees have a story to tell about what is under the ground at the old Northampton Honda and Mass Electric land. When people talk about our need to spur development along King Street, they often mention the vacant Northampton Honda site (171-187 King). So why is nothing happening there? Signs have been put up, and they have been up there so long that they fell down. The building is drowning in weeds that have turned into trees. What happened to the 2005 mixed-use development that Berkshire Development LLC wanted to put in there.
Some people think that it was the demands of our new King Street development zoning that killed the project. It was Wayne Feiden and the city council who drove a deep-pockets developer away. The city wanted two story buildings with residences and offices upstairs; the developer thought that this space would be difficult to rent, and the lawsuit from Florence Bank who didn't like a bank across the street didn't help. It turns out the major problem was the site itself. read the full story here