NATICK – Natick’s first recreational marijuana business cleared a hurdle to open for business, but another obstacle remains.
Meanwhile, the Select Board could vote on Monday to grant a second license to one of several retail marijuana businesses looking to set up shop near the Wellesley town line on Rte. 9.
Cypress Tree Management received the go-ahead from the Planning Board on Wednesday night – a 5-0 vote – to open in the Cloverleaf Mall, near the interchange of Rte. 9 and Speen Street.
However, the opening can’t happen until the board approves the mall owner’s effort to open a self-storage business on the property. The two tenants would share the space currently left vacant by a former health club.
There are a few sticking points with the proposed self-storage business.
Mall owner Joshua Katzen wants to add a rear entrance to the space – and a ramp – for self-storage customers. Katzen indicated the request is fairly straight forward.
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Board Chairman Julian Munnich told Katzen that what he’s asking for requires a change-of-use review by the board.
“There are multiple layers here,” Munnich said.
Calls requesting comment from Katzen and Cypress Tree Managemant Chief Executive Officer Victor Chaing were not immediately returned.
Vote possible Monday night on second retail marijuana license
Monday night’s Select Board meeting could include a vote to grant a second recreational marijuana license, said board Chairwoman Karen Adelman-Foster.
In March, the board granted the first license when it voted unanimously to sign a host community agreement with Cypress Tree. The agreement runs for five-years.
The board has the authority to grant a second license, per a 2018 Special Town Meeting vote. That number represents 20% of the number of liquor licenses in town.
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The businesses vying for the second license each want to locate in various locations near the Wellesley line on Rte. 9. Some neighbors living in the area have said such a business would hurt property values and bring increased traffic, noise and loitering.
Each business already made a formal presentation before the board, and held community meetings to make their pitches to residents.
“The Select Board has a substantial amount of background on each applicant, and community feelings about each applicant,” Adelman-Foster said.
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ReLeaf Alternatives wants to open at 291 Worcester St., the site of a former Papa Gino’s. Justice Grown is seeking to settle at 95 Worcester St..
A partnership of two companies – Phytotherapy and Revolutionary Clinics – wants to locate at the former Bernie & Phyl’s furniture store at 45-61 Worcester St.
Revolutionary Clinics plans to partner with Nine East Wine Emporium (6 Worcester St.) to open a retail marijuana business that would replace the emporium..
C3 Industries is looking to locate at the former Kid to Kid clothing store (42 Worcester St.).
Henry Schwan is a multimedia journalist for the Daily News. Follow Henry on Twitter @henrymetrowest. He can be reached at email@example.com or 508-626-3964.