Pot shop eyes vacant Rt. 9 building in Hadley

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Staff Writer
Published: 1/19/2021 2:43:14 PM

HADLEY — A marijuana dispensary proposed for the Hampshire Mall is instead planning to locate inside a vacant Route 9 building.

Representatives from Hadleaf Holistic Greens Dispensary LLC will go before the Zoning Board of Appeals at 7:45 p.m. Thursday seeking a variance to use 251 Russell St., a building previously occupied by 50/50 Fitness/Nutrition and Brigade design agency before they moved to other sites. The building was originally used for auto sales and service when it displayed a flipped car on its roof.

A variance is needed from the ZBA to allow the dispensary to be within 300 feet of a residence under town zoning.

Hadleaf is aiming to become the second dispensary to open in Hadley, following The Heirloom Collective, at 457 Russell St. near the Amherst town line. The latter business opened inside a renovated former Sunoco gas station last summer.

Town Meeting set a cap of two adult-use marijuana retailers in Hadley in October 2018.

The Select Board chose Hadleaf last spring over the only other company that responded to a “request for quotation” to come to Hadley. Mint Retail Facilities LLC of Phoenix, Arizona wanted to convert the Midas repair shop at 397 Russell St.

Also on the ZBA agenda is a variance request for the Hadley Senior Center from the 15-foot side setback to install a temporary van shelter, and a variance request for a bell tower for Most Holy Reedemer Catholic Church, 120 Russell St, from the 50-foot required setback.

The Planning Board decided not to review the 36-foot tall bell tower, to be located in a traffic circle in the middle of the church’s driveway.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com.

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