Cannabis dispensary proposed for downtown Hayward – The Mercury News

HAYWARD — A shop that will sell cannabis and deliver the substance to people’s doorsteps could be coming to downtown.

The City Council on Tuesday will consider the proposal by Jiva Life, which wants to open a dispensary at a vacant spot that once housed Art’s Crab Shak and before that, Hayward Fishery at C Street and Foothill Boulevard.

City officials are recommending the council support the proposal. The city’s Planning Commission backed the dispensary in October.

Jiva Life would provide 13 to 18 jobs and generate $10 million in sales during its first three years, providing approximately $700,000 in sales tax revenue for the city, Marcus Martinez, a Hayward associate planner, wrote in a staff report.

The business expects to have up to 31 employees after its third year, Martinez said.

He said the store could help revitalize the area. While the Hayward Fishery at one time was a popular, bustling restaurant, the site has been vacant for years.

“The building’s state of disrepair has resulted in a disproportionate impact on the surrounding neighborhood and signals a lack of investment in the area,” Martinez said in the report.

Plans include remodeling the building at 22701 Foothill Blvd., which will offer products such as edibles, oils and concentrates for both recreational and medical use. It would be open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. seven days a week. The adjacent site at 1055 C St., also part of the project, will be used for parking.

Rajiv Pottabathni, who is developing the business, told Planning Commissioners that he believes the public needs to be educated about cannabis for the effort to succeed.

“I think education is going to be the key in our industry — to educate consumers on when to use for certain things and how not to abuse it,” 

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