Lenox zoning board sued for approving auction house permit

By Clarence Fanto, Eagle correspondent Aug 26, 2021

LENOX — A resident has filed a lawsuit against the town’s zoning board for its approval of a proposed auction gallery at the site of the abandoned Aspinwall Adult Equestrian Center.

But, an attorney representing the gallery owner says work on the project will proceed, at his client’s risk, despite and during the legal challenge.

John Fontaine aims to relocate his long-established Fontaine’s Auction Gallery to 393 Main St. from 1485 W. Housatonic St. (Route 20) in Pittsfield. The business, which also has locations in Boston and Nashua, N.H., was founded in 1960. Fontaine purchased the Lenox site, which was in foreclosure, in 2017.

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