Marijuana dispensary, other projects, clear Pittsfield board

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PITTSFIELD — The Community Development Board has approved site plans for a solar array off Holmes Road, a medical marijuana dispensary on Dalton Avenue and a 27,000-square-foot addition to the Interprint building on Central Berkshire Boulevard.

Developers of the medical marijuana facility and the solar power generating project are due back at City Hall on Wednesday, seeking required special permits from the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Khem Organics won unanimous site plan approval for a medical marijuana dispensary at 501 Dalton Ave. Brent White, of White Engineering Inc., representing the developers, said the existing building has 26,000 square feet and the dispensary would occupy about 14,000 square feet, while business tenants would fill other space in the structure.

He said the plan requires 55 parking spaces under city zoning and 56 spaces are provided. Most of the marijuana sales business will take place during the daytime, he said.

The dispensary also will require a sales permit from the state Department of Public Health. According to a listing on the DPH website, Khem Organics is still seeking final permits to sell medical marijuana.

Jon Macht won site plan approval for a 166 kilowatt generating solar array at the rear of a parcel at 885 Holmes Road, but he said it was not his preferred plan.

Macht said he was told he had to apply as a quasi-public utility under city zoning, which requires greater lot setbacks from abutting properties.

He said he disagrees with that assessment because all of the power generated will be going as energy credits to properties he owns in the city. Macht said he believes he should be able to apply under normal residential zoning requirements for the area.

However, the developer said he had prepared two site plans, one meeting setback requirements for quasi-public utilities, the second, meeting the residential requirements with shorter setbacks.

Board member David Hathaway said he could not vote to approve a site plan that would otherwise need a variance from the ZBA unless that were obtained in advance, but he would approve the alternate plan with the longer setbacks.

"I would rather go with Plan B," Macht said. "I don't want to delay this any longer."

The plan not requiring a variance from the ZBA was approved unanimously.

The board also approved a plan for an addition to the Interprint facility at 101 Central Berkshire Boulevard (Route 41). Representing the owner, Robert Fournier, of SK Design Group, said the addition is the second to the building, which was constructed in 2001.

He said the addition is not expected to be directly associated with increased employment beyond normal workforce growth.

Contact Jim Therrien at 413-496-6247.


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