Prominent downtown property owners are seeking City Council approval for a medical marijuana dispensary in downtown Scottsdale –one year after a similar effort failed in the face of local opposition.
The applicant is also asking the city to reduce separation requirements in downtown for dispensaries and protected uses like churches, schools and daycares.
According to an application filed in September, an entity owned by Shawn and Steven Yari is requesting a conditional use permit to allow a dispensary as part of a larger redevelopment in the Entertainment District.
A lawyer for Equity Partners Group LLC filed a separate rezoning application for the Shoeman Lane project that would allow it to redevelop three existing buildings it owns near Shoeman Lane and Wells Fargo Avenue into a two-story building with a dispensary and retail uses on the first floor and a boutique office on the second floor.
The Yaris owns Equity Partners Group, according to Arizona Corporation Commission records.
The buildings are currently operating as a pizza parlor and taco shop.
The Yaris are also asking Council to reduce separation requirements. A city ordinance requires a dispensary to be 1,500 feet from schools, parks, churches, daycares and residential zones.
The application asks the city to reduce that separation to 650 feet for downtown dispensaries only.
Shawn and Steven Yari operate Stockdale Capital Partners and own dozens of properties downtown, including the Galleria Corporate Centre, W Scottsdale hotel and much of the property in the Entertainment District.
In December 2019, the Progress reported the brothers were in the process of seeking city approval for Scottsdale Collection, a massive redevelopment of the Entertainment District that would see many clubs and bars replaced by hotels, office and retail uses and apartments.
The Yaris’ dispensary application