New Fall River Apartments, Mill Sale, Cannabis Career Fair

While some face the possibility of relocating, others will relocate to Fall River. A new residence with 55 apartments is nearing completion, giving new life to the city’s long-vacant Durfee Tech building.

Nearby, however, town businesses could be relocated if a Plymouth Avenue factory building is sold.

Supporters breathed a sigh of relief this week when Judi St. Hilaire, wife of Mayor Paul Coogan, was released from hospital just eight days after a serious bicycle accident.

And just weeks after a horrific shootout that resulted in the deaths of a store owner and father in Fall River, a suspect has been charged with murder, attempted armed robbery while wearing a mask and illegal possession of a firearm.

In other news, there has been movement in the Jasiel Correia case, as prosecutors appeal the judge’s decision to acquit the former mayor of multiple electronic and tax fraud charges, and a suspect is indicted in last month’s deadly shooting in Fall River.

In case you missed it, here are the top stories on from the past week according to our readers:

Bringing the story back

As developer Alan Macomber put it, “There is a rebirth to come” to Fall River with the completion of new apartments in a three-building complex at 64 Durfee St. The project brings a new purpose to the famous Durfee Tech building which is involved in more than 100 years of the city’s history. Built in 1895, the building first opened as the Bradford Durfee Textile School. – and has transformed several times since into various educational settings over the years. The property sat unoccupied for 23 years before Macomber, who also developed the city’s Commonwealth Landing, bought it in 2017. In a nod to the buildings’ educational past, the apartments were dubbed The Creative Class, highlighting the fact that some of the 55 apartments are intended to house local artists. The first tenants are expected to move in by February. Take a peek inside the new apartments, learn more about the history of the property and the building plans here.

Overview:Durfee Tech’s new apartments are nearing completion – take a look inside

Bob Albin says if he has to, he will move his Straight Shooters pool hall business to another building in town.

City businesses facing displacement

The fate of a dozen Fall River businesses is currently uncertain following the announcement of the sale of the building. Tenants in the four-story factory building at 288 Plymouth Ave., which includes Lazer Gate, Straight Shooters and Amp Academy, could be evicted if a deal is reached to sell the property and convert it to a self-storage facility. Although the building has yet to be sold and tenants have not received an official eviction notice, an Illinois limited liability company called Bravo Development LLC has taken the Zoning Appeal Board to the task. of Fall River last month and a waiver was approved to convert the entire 190,000-square foot building into an indoor storage facility. The interior of the 130-year-old structure is slated to undergo a “complete overhaul” and two loading ramps will be added to the exterior. It’s a waiting situation for business owners, many of whom are long-time building occupants. Read more about this story here.

“I just hope we survive it”:This Fall River mill could become a storage facility. But what about the businesses inside?

Kate Bell, vice president of talent acquisition for Cresco, shows information about the company at White's of Westport on Friday.

Growing SouthCoast pot industry

Looking for a job? A local cannabis grower is on a hiring wave as it expands its cultivation capacity and the industry as a whole continues to grow. Cresco Labs, a national cannabis grower with a facility in Fall River, recently hosted a career fair in White’s of Westport, where there was no shortage of applicants. The company recently expanded to occupy the third and fourth floors of the historic mill building it shares with cannabis retailer Sunnyside, a move that has tripled its growing capacity. So they are looking for more people who are enthusiastic about the factory and willing to contribute to the growth of the industry. Did you miss this past show? No problem. A Cresco manager expects a new wave of hiring soon. Learn more about their expansion and find out what you need to get your foot in the door here.

We hire:Fall River cannabis grower increases staff

Former Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II leaves the John Joseph Moakley Federal Courthouse in Boston in September with his wife, Jenny Fernandes.

Correia’s acquittals appealed

While former mayor Jasiel F. Correia II appeals his conviction for fraud and extortion, his prosecutors filed their own appeal: they want the 21 jury convictions to be upheld. Last week, the US government filed a notice with the US Court of Appeals for the first circuit that it was appealing a decision by Judge Douglas Woodlock to acquit Correia of 10 more charges electronic fraud and tax fraud. On May 14, after a month-long trial, a jury found the former mayor guilty of 21 counts of wire fraud, tax evasion, extortion and extortion conspiracy. The jury found him guilty of misusing hundreds of thousands of dollars of investor money for a smartphone app he developed called SnoOwl, filing false income tax returns, and filing false income tax returns. ‘orchestrating a pay-to-play program that extorted marijuana business owners for the documents needed to open Fall River. Read here to find out why the judge acquitted Correia of 10 counts in the first place and why the government’s appeal may be unusual.

Jasiel Correia:Prosecutors appeal ex-mayor’s case, seeking 10 more fraud convictions

Murder suspect Nelson Coelho is masked by his defense attorney Dana Sargent as he appears in Fall River District Court.

Deadly shooting in Fall River

He shot her in the chest and fled empty-handed. This is what police say happened on the night of October 18, when murder suspect Nelson Coelho allegedly shot dead Lal Kishor Mahaseth as he was about to close his Rock Street convenience store. Later that night, Mahaseth was pronounced dead at Charlton Memorial Hospital after police said a single 38 caliber bullet passed through his chest and slipped out of his back. Coelho was arrested last week in Fall River District Court for murder, attempted armed robbery while wearing a mask and illegal possession of a firearm. During the court appearance, more details emerged on the night of the deadly attack. Read more about it here.

Homicides in town:Fall River man indicted for murder in gunshot death of convenience store owner

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