By Charlie Feldman
The city of Troy granted a special use permit for a proposed recreational marijuana dispensary during its council meeting on Monday, November 1.
The adult-use dispensary would be located at 904 Edwardsville Road on a site currently occupied by a retail business that would be repurposed. It’ll be a while before it opens, according to city officials.
“All this is a special use permit for them to operate the type of business that they want to operate,” said City Attorney Fred Keck. He said they would need to go through the further process of building permits and things like those.
“They would still have to meet all the other requirements of our ordinances including but not limited to building codes and everything else,” he said.
The dispensary would get the same quality of cannabis available to medical dispensaries, co-founder Joseph Wright, chief operations officer of CTY Enterprises LLC told the board only it won’t get the tax break that medical dispensaries do..
“The licenses that are available – we don’t really get to choose from between medical and recreational,” Wright, told the board. “The state is only offering recreational licenses. That’s what we were offered by the state.” Permission to add a medical license later would have to be passed by the state legislature, he said.
The council also granted a special use permit to Pilot Travel Centers to lease land to construct and operate a Southern Tire Mart light-maintenance (oil change, tire repair, etc.) facility on the west side of their lot behind the existing Pilot Travel Center at 820 Edwardsville Road currently zoned C-3 Highway Commercial within the corporate limits. It is not expected to generate additional traffic or impact adjacent properties.
A temporary use permit for a 12 foot-by-16 foot building off the northern edge of the lot at 7640 Plummer Business Drive also got the go-ahead from the council. It will be used as a drive-through coffee shop. This type of permit is only good for one year. After that, the city council can grant a one-year extension but when that runs out, so does permission to use that structure.
The next city council meeting will be held on Monday, November 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Troy Municipal Building.