Natick Select Board approves first recreational pot shop’s opening

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.

Victor Chiang, right, CEO of Cypress Tree Management was in attendance via video conferencing Wednesday night when the Natick Planning Board voted 5-0 to approve his application for a recreational marijuana business at the CloverLeaf Mall.

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.

Revisiting the first steps:Natick Select Board votes 5-0 to sign agreement with marijuana retailer

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.

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