With ZBA approval, Main Street pot shop moving forward in Greenfield

  • With a special permit in hand and a provisional license application approved by the state Cannabis Control Commission, plans are moving forward for the proposed retail marijuana dispensary at 220 to 228 Main St. in Greenfield, pictured. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

Staff Writer
Published: 3/14/2022 2:46:24 PM
Modified: 3/14/2022 2:46:11 PM

GREENFIELD — With a special permit in hand and a provisional license application approved by the state Cannabis Control Commission (CCC), plans are moving forward for the proposed retail marijuana dispensary in the Main Street space formerly occupied by Country Jeweler and Greenfield Games.

The Zoning Board of Appeals recently granted a special permit for the project at 220 to 228 Main St., which involves the construction of a two-car sally port garage on the Chapman Street side of the building. As a permitting condition, exiting the garage must be by right turn only.

John Toro, co-owner of Buddha Brothers — the New York-based business that purchased the building last summer — said as of right now, the goal is for the shop to be open by spring 2022.

Architect Steve Drakulitch presented the plans to the ZBA last week, speaking on behalf of Buudda Brothers co-owners Toro and Justin Pagan. He explained that all activities associated with the dispensary would take place on the first floor, and that all changes proposed on Chapman Street for the construction of a garage — including the relocation of the loading zone and elimination of three parking spaces — had been approved by city officials.

Drakulitch also explained changes proposed to the front of the building, including demolishing the existing ramp and replacing it with an automatic sliding glass door as the main entrance.

Members had a few technical questions pertaining to the design, but ultimately were supportive of the plans as presented. Chair Mark Maloney noted that, according to correspondence from Deputy Police Chief William Gordon, Police Chief Robert Haigh Jr. had reviewed the security plans and would be writing a formal letter of recommendation.

“It looks like all the CCC requirements for the windows on Main Street and on Chapman Street, the facing windows, are conforming,” Maloney said. “I think (the ramp) makes a lot of sense … the proposed renovation of the ramp. What the architect has shown us certainly looks consistent with the eclectic feel of Main Street.”

Maloney noted, however, that he wasn’t “crazy about” the proposed hours of operation of 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Other members agreed.

“Other than that, I think they’ve covered the bases,” Maloney said.

ZBA member Jim Winn proposed changing the dispensary’s hours to 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays “to fit in with other Main Street operations” and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Those hours were ultimately incorporated as a condition to the special permit.

“The board always appreciates a well-crafted application,” said Maloney, after a unanimous vote in support of the project. “It makes everybody’s job easier.”

Reporter Mary Byrne can be reached at mbyrne@recorder.com or 413-930-4429. Twitter: @MaryEByrne


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