George Barnes Telegram & Gazette Staff @georgebarnestg
LEOMINSTER – The City Council will wait a little longer before it votes on whether to allow a marijuana dispensary to be built on Locke Drive.
Representatives of Prime Wellness Centers met with the council Monday to continue a special permit hearing to allow the building of the business. At the hearing, councilors indicated they were concerned that the owners had not received Planning Board or Conservation Commission approval.
Pat Scorzelli, representing the owners, said he was confident that they have met conservation concerns, and they do not need Planning Board approval. He said the council would issue the special permit. He said they have done everything the Planning Board has jurisdiction over.
Mr. Scorzelli said the building would be similar to buildings used by CVS and other similar businesses.
Councilor Mark Bodanza said it would help the effort to build the facility if they went back to the Planning Board and received approval.
Councilor Claire Freda added that the process is new to the city and the council is just trying to look out for the interests of the city’s residents.
Councilor Richard Marchand said it is important that the council know as much about the project as possible, but the siting of the business is a unified effort with other boards in the city. Calling it an awkward presentation, he said he was disappointed with what he heard from the petitioners. He said they also need to get a community host agreement completed with Mayor Dean Mazzarella as soon as possible. He added that if they do not have a better presentation the next time they come before the council he will give them a chance to withdraw.
The building would be 4,500 square feet with extensive security. Frank Matthews, who is designing security for the building, said