ZBA Approves Special Permit for Second Street Marijuana Dispensary

The Zoning Board of Appeals unanimously approved a special permit for a retail marijuana dispensary at 260-270 Second St. last week.

Unlike the debate over a proposed dispensary on Broadway the same night, there was little controversy over issuing the permit to Trinity Naturals, which is looking to open in the spring.

“The space is zoned industrial, which allows for this use, and it is currently office space and being utilized by a flower wholesaler,” said Sheila Grant, the attorney representing applicant DMS Trinity. “We would be using a space on the first floor which has a separate entrance.”

Grant said the location has the necessary amount of parking required for the business.

At the last public hearing before the ZBA, Grant said there were some questions about the dumpster location, signage, and the security plan. Grant said the applicants submitted additional documentation to address those issues.

The dispensary will have a six-yard dumpster in a fenced area, and no cannabis products will be disposed of in the dumpster. There will also be two signs, one at the front entrance and one on the side.

It will take about 12 weeks for the buildout of the space, once all the permits are secured. The entrance and exit to the business will be separate from any other business in the building. The approved hours for the dispensary are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

In other business before the ZBA, two hearings were moved to the board’s Feb. 14 meeting.

Zepal Development is seeking to demolish an existing two-family structure at 69-71 Spencer Ave. and build a 15-unit apartment building.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car is seeking a special permit for airport-related storage and parking of motor vehicles at 245-257 Marginal St.

The ZBA also approved a special permit for Steven McDonough at 311 Eastern Ave. allowing him to move his personal training business to a larger space within the same building.

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