Valley News – Conclusion: Seller ironed out deal for factory premises in Lebanon, the former home of the Kleen laundry


A mystery buyer wants to convert a historic factory site in Lebanon into a residential, office or retail complex.

A conditional sale agreement has been made to sell the former Laundry Kleen, once known as Lebanon Woolen Mill, on the Mascoma River, according to Brown Commercial Realty, who is representing the seller to an unidentified party seeking to develop the property.

The 5-acre site at the top of Mechanic Street includes a 59,000-square-foot main building that was used by the laundry and a separate 11,700-square-foot red-brick warehouse and office building. The property also includes a 1.1 acre “island” in the Mascoma River that runs alongside the structures.

The property is owned by a legal entity associated with members of the Gosselin family who held onto the property to investors after the Kleen laundry business was sold in 2006. Kleen was once a big employer in Lebanon, but investors left the laundry business in 2019 after several years of setbacks.

The sale price was not disclosed, but the property was listed for sale for $ 1.35 million.

Greg Gosselin, a member of the Gosselin family, declined to identify the buyer other than emailing them to say that they are “on site, or at least have a local presence”.

Chip brown, of Brown Commercial Realty, also refused to divulge the buyer as the sale is still in an emergency phase, but said “the people evaluating it have a lot of depth” in redeveloping properties.

While the main building, vacant since the laundry was closed, has tall former factory space that could allow for a unique conversion into homes, offices, or retail and artist spaces, Brown acknowledged that the property is “complicated by the past” uses “As a factory.

However, he believes potential environmental issues could be addressed, and its riverside location in the heart of Lebanon makes it one of the last properties of its kind in the city.

“It’s a really cool site,” said Brown. “It has a great character.”

Riding in the clover in Fairlee

Sarah Pushee has traded her Spud key for a pedal key.

Pushee, who graduated from Thetford Academy in 1993 and later worked in the plumbing and heating industry for 15 years, has opened Red clover bikes on Route 5 in Fairlee to sell and repair bikes.

The bike shop is a retailer for the Trek bike line, although Pushee said it currently only stocks kids’ bikes and e-bikes as supply chain issues related to the pandemic have made it very difficult to get adult street and trail bikes.

“I started ordering in October. The other things will seep in later in the year. It’s going to be a challenge, ”Pushee admitted.

Even so, Pushee said she is intrepid and that she has been thinking of running her own bike business since she got her first job in after college Omer and Bobs In Lebanon.

“I worked there for five years and I really enjoyed it,” said Pushee.

Although she later joined in administrative and sales positions Lyme Green Heat, FW Webb Co. and ARC Mechanical Contractor – as well as on the planning committee in Bradford, Vt., And a brief stint as chief executive of the Cohase Chamber of Commerce – Pushee said she kept wanting to return to the cycling community.

Route 5 bike shop, formerly used by The Hair Shop salon, is in the heart of Fairlee, across from the Green and City Council. Pushee said the site is easily accessible from Lake Morey and bike trails, as well as other seasonal locations where cycling is a popular activity.

Pushee, who now lives in Bradford – her father was a plumber as well as her husband – said she had plenty of free time at home during the pandemic to think about what she wanted to do once the world reopened.

“What started me off was that in COVID I spent a lot of time riding a stationary bike in the entrance area and there was no bike shop near me, no place to have a bike repaired,” she said . “If you don’t go to Lebanon, it’s St. Johnsbury, Barre or Plymouth (NH).”

Pushee described her bike shop as “my idea, my passion, my crazy idea” and her decision was “do it now or just give it up”.

“I want to be with cyclists, the cycling community, and make things happen,” she said. “That’s what I want to do.”

Contact John Lippman at [email protected]


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