Park Ridge’s plans to limit recreational cannabis sales to two locations appeared to be on track to be resolved already this year. It’s not going as well as one might have expected.
The first site approved on February 4 was for the World of Weed at 1036 Higgins Rd., two doors west of Mariano’s in Higgins and Cumberland. He’s back on the drawing board for a different provider with some of the same players and site but with different plans.
With the last-minute posting of agendas for the June 26 planning and zoning agenda and August 1 city council meetings, there has been very little public notice that a new project is being fast-tracked. for location.
According to the plaintiffs, this site is valuable for its access to the Marriott O’Hare, other hotels in Rosemont, the Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, toll highways and the Kennedy Expressway. They are looking for extended evening hours to serve some of these potential customers.
One of the current representatives began lobbying at Park Ridge for the previous applicant. He said World of Weed, the first company, had decided to move elsewhere, but its new client, Nirvana Management Corporation, is expected to occupy the space, and a holding company, 1036 Higgins Street Holdings LLC, will buy the property. Both are based in Schaumburg.
The site is currently occupied by three adjoining office spaces facing north along the west side of deep land with parking on the east side. The plan this time would retain a chiropractor’s medical office on the northwest corner, while combining the two front buildings into the cannabis dealership, with areas for staff and a product safe off-limits to customers. Public spaces will be restricted to one end of the building and security personnel will escort people.
The second site proposed this year was 10 Higgins in Canfield, which would rebuild the former Veterans of Foreign Wars headquarters for a distribution center to be operated as the Bridge Collective. He went through planning and zoning, two city council meetings and lost the offer. Bridge Collective appealed the decision to Planning and Zoning, which sent it back to City Council, which added some conditions and ultimately approved the project in June.
A key change was that when Bridge Collective went through the appeals process, it promised certain landscaping, entering and exiting the parking lot and building, and having regular meetings with neighbors in the single-family neighborhood and with the police. To make the call, several aldermen wrote this list of requirements into the Ordinance of Approval for the 10 Higgins site.
This time Ald. Rich Biagi (6th) whose ward includes 1036 Higgins and Ald. Charlie Meladosian (5th) is trying to reduce the number of hours per day that Nirvana can run, to match the two sites with fewer hours. City Attorney Adam Simon says there’s no requirement for every site to have the same hours, although the city council could potentially change some citywide rules.
There are state requirements and filings necessary for the site to be approved for operating cannabis retail sites in Illinois. Until a place of sale can qualify for sales, limiting actual operations may remain a moot point.
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