Englewood Construction has been awarded two cannabis dispensaries in the Chicago area for Chicago-based Windy City Cannabis. Additionally, the commercial contractor has recently finished two Rise-branded medicinal/recreational cannabis dispensaries for Chicago-based Green Thumb Industries (GTI) in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
“The ongoing pandemic has definitely caused construction activity in some commercial real estate sectors to fall off, but the cannabis space continues to be a bright spot for us with a strong pipeline of work,” said Bill Di Santo, president of Lemont, Illinois-based Englewood Construction. “These recent completions just go to show that despite current economic uncertainties, cannabis is a burgeoning industry as more states legalize both medicinal and recreational use. As a result, cannabis firms are mobilizing to create new facilities and increase their footprints to meet demand.”
In Chicago, Englewood Construction completed a new Windy City Cannabis dispensary at 923 W. Weed Street, which opened in July as the second recreational dispensary within Chicago’s city limits since Illinois legalized recreational marijuana Jan. 1. Des Plaines, Illinois-based Camburas & Theodore, Ltd., was the architect for the new space, located in an existing commercial building.
“Timing is always critical for a dispensary project, since licensing is often contingent on hitting certain deadlines, and for this project we were up against the added challenge of not only building out the space on a short timeline, but also doing so during a pandemic,” said Di Santo. “Since Chicago is our home market, we were able to leverage our relationships with subcontractors and vendors to make sure the entire process went as smoothly as possible.”
The Englewood team has started work on a second Windy City Cannabis location at 1413 W. North Avenue in Melrose Park, a western suburb of Chicago. Slated to open in September, the dispensary is located in an existing stand-alone