EASTHAMPTON — Apical — which had previously received approval for a Wemelco Way site — now plans to establish an adult-use marijuana store and a cultivation operation at the former Cernak Buick property on 102 Northampton St.
Apical has already hosted a community outreach meeting at the site, as required by state law, and plans to ask the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission for permission to transfer its approvals to the former dealership, said Jeffry Bagg, city planner for Easthampton.
Apical executives and its attorney, Thomas Estes of Northampton, did not returned calls and emails for comment Tuesday.
The proposal makes Easthampton — particularly this busy stretch of Route 10 heading to Northampton — a center for the state’s growing, two-year-old legal adult-use marijuana industry.
The city limited adult use — it’s the industry term for recreation al marijuana i.e. not medical marijuana — to six.
Easthampton has two adult use retail establishments operating with one expected to pen soon an dine under construction.
Holistic, 155 Northampton St. is expected to open soon, Bagg said. Holistic was permitted as a medical marijuana dispensary in early 2018 and was built for those plans. In early 2020, they were granted a special permit by the city to convert to adult use retail.
Herbology, 195 Northampton St., is currently under construction. Herbology was permitted as an adult use retail with a micro cultivation element was granted a special permit for adult use retail in early 2019, Bagg said.
Easthampton Advanced Research Park wants to create an adult-use use retail, cultivation, and research facility at 97 Northampton St., the former Tasty Top ice cream stand site.
Easthampton Advanced Research Park is working on a zoning amendment that would allow cultivation in new buildings in the Highway Business District, Bagg said.
Two operating marijuana retailers are Insa at 122 Pleasant St. in the Keystone Mill and Verb is Herb, 74 Cottage St. which is also known as Canna Provisions, opened earlier this year.
Separately, Easthampton negotiated a host community agreement with a seventh business in July,, Bagg said.
High Five, Inc. wants to have a a cultivation only facility at 19 Wemelco Way, Bagg said. High Five is expected to hold a community outreach meeting in the near future and have submitted their application to the state. Once deemed complete they will apply for a special permit. There is no cap on the number of cultivation establishments.
Cernak, which started life as a Studebaker dealership in 1940, closed in January as it struggled as a one-make dealership with the limited product range of the Buick brand.
The most recent records at the Hampshire County Registry of Deeds shows that a Cernak family trust owns the 1.26-acre property.