UPA Inc. is trying to open a hashish supply service in Maynard, however earlier than the Choose Board could be keen to signal a Host Group Settlement, UPA should overcome a number of hurdles.
Atty. Nicholas Gomes, representing UPA, instructed the Choose Board at its Aug. 17 assembly that UPA Hashish desires to open its operation at 2-6 Powder Mill Highway.
The enterprise is a social fairness agency, which is a program created by the state to offer folks most impacted by the Conflict on Medication and marijuana prohibition a pathway into the hashish business. As well as, delivery-only licenses can be found solely to social fairness marijuana companies.
Gomes stated the enterprise would begin out with about three autos, unmarked and unrecognizable. Autos are designed to be protected and could be tracked by GPS and geared up with cameras, he stated. Marijuana could be transported in locked vaults contained in the vehicles.
Workers could be educated and given physique cameras. There could be not more than $10,000 value of product inside a car at any given time, though Gomes stated he expects it could be lower than that.
The constructing wouldn’t be open to the general public and there could be full time safety throughout hours of operation. Any marijuana contained in the constructing could be stored securely locked.
The corporate forecasts annual revenues of $17 million inside three years, which might imply Maynard would obtain about $1.03 million in tax income – 3% native tax possibility and three% group influence charge.
Plans for Powder Mill Highway
There are three tons on the property and UPA will function at 2 Powder Mill Highway. The remaining property could be developed underneath a typical possession plan, Gomes stated.
“Below that widespread possession we are attempting to convey optimistic change for the group,” he stated.
UPA Hashish has already made a pitch to Maynard’s Financial Improvement Committee, however that committee didn’t approve of the plan. That individual space has been known as the gateway to Maynard and the intent is to create a pedestrian-friendly space that will tie Powder Mill Highway to downtown Maynard.
Rosalind Greenstein, chairwoman of the EDC, stated that they had no downside with the marijuana operation, however with the outline of the enterprise as a warehouse.
“A warehouse doesn’t match with various objectives which can be listed within the grasp plan for the downtown retail district. The objectives are for a downtown retail district that’s vibrant and retail oriented,” she stated.
Greenstein was involved the enterprise wouldn’t encourage foot visitors and could be higher suited to a warehouse location with a parking zone.
The Choose Board, whereas not essentially against a marijuana supply enterprise, wished extra data earlier than giving the inexperienced gentle.
Choose Board member Justine St. John stated she wanted extra data from UPA, together with architectural renderings and plans for group outreach. Of specific concern was Excelsior Comics and Video games, at 8 Waltham St., a enterprise that caters to younger folks, she stated.
Choose Board member Armand Diarbekirian stated his greatest concern was entry to the river.
“Our intent as an overlay district was to verify we had one thing in place that will join the downtown space. I might like to see architectural design of what the constructing goes to appear like. You’re going to be one of many first folks getting into there and I wish to see how that matches into the grasp plan to open the river to the general public,” he stated.
Gomes stated they might host a digital public discussion board inside 20 days and hoped to return to the Choose Board on Sept. 21.