LOGAN SQUARE — A plan to open a cannabis dispensary in the the old Logan Square State and Savings Bank building could move forward, with a key city panel set to weigh in on the proposal this week.
It’s one of a few Logan Square and Avondale projects being reviewed at the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals meeting Friday. Proposals to open a coffee bar/vintage store on Diversey Avenue and build a CTA substation in Avondale are also on the agenda, said Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th), whose ward includes the two sites.
Chicago-based cannabis company PharmaCann is looking to take over the bank building at 2551 N. Milwaukee Ave. for its first dispensary in the city and its fifth in Illinois. It runs dispensaries in suburban Arlington Heights, Ottawa, Aurora and Romeoville.
PharmaCann would be the neighborhood’s second dispensary along Milwaukee Avenue. Modern Cannabis, or MOCA, is down the street.
PharmaCann’s proposal has largely drawn a warm reception from Logan Square neighbors, with some saying it’s preferable to a bar or a music venue. The building was being considered as the Double Door’s new home, but that plan fell through after neighbors rejected it.
Should PharmaCann receive necessary approval from the zoning board this week, the company will need to obtain a state license and finish the buildout before it can open the dispensary. The Logan Square pot shop would be the 15th in Chicago.
Jeremy Unruh, director of public and regulatory affairs at PharmaCann, didn’t respond to requests for comment Monday.
Asked if Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd) supports the project, chief of staff Paul Sajovec said in an email the alderman “approved the zoning change they needed in order to apply.”
PharmaCann is on its way to opening a Logan Square dispensary about six months after the zoning board rejected its proposal