An Akron medical marijuana operation has found business so good, it’s hungering for an expansion.
The Home Avenue facility has petitioned City Council for approval of a $3.5 million addition to its existing cultivation operations.
The two-level addition would add about 30,000 square feet of space.
At-large Councilman Jeff Fusco, who is chairman of the city’s Planning and Economic Development Committee, said Saturday there have been no complaints or other issues with the existing operation.
Fusco said the planned expansion is a “a pretty substantial investment.”
He said the state has already given the go-ahead for the addition, but the owners must comply with a rigid set of conditions before the city gives its approval.
The proposal will be presented for public comment on July 27, Fusco said.
Efforts to contact the owner of the operation were unsuccessful Saturday. The 3.7-acre location on Home Avenue is leased by AT-CPC of Ohio.
Fusco said the company already has complied with state and local requirements for medical marijuana cultivation on the property.
“We have approved this conditional zoning for this use before, and what they are doing is expanding that use,” he said. “We will make sure it complies with everything. There are 13 different conditions that are considered.”
Among those conditions is an annual inspection from the city police department, Fusco said.
“When medical marijuana was first proposed, we really took a deep dive into that,” he said.
Council, he said, will take another deep dive to ensure the addition meets all requirements.
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