CHICAGO — A second Logan Square weed dispensary could soon open in a former bank building after a key city permit was approved Friday.
The Zoning Board of Appeals approved a special-use permit for Chicago-based PharmaCann to open a dispensary under its Verilife brand in the Logan Square Trust & Savings Bank building, 2551 N. Milwaukee Ave.
The historic building, once proposed to be Double Door’s new home, will be protected through a community benefits agreement PharmaCann signed with Logan Square Preservation. As part of the deal, the cannabis company agreed to make facade improvements and restore certain historic features in the building.
The agreement also limits the dispensary’s hours of operation and prohibits on-site weed consumption if it is later legalized by the city. If the dispensary plan falls through, the building would be down-zoned to prevent other uses at the location, according to PharmaCann’s zoning attorney Katriina McGuire.
Customers will enter the dispensary along Milwaukee Avenue and exit onto Logan Boulevard, said Bill McMenamy, PharmaCann’s chief revenue officer. The pot shop plans to use an online reservation system so customers can order up to 48 hours in advance of pick-up. The system allows customers to move through the dispensary quickly, limiting wait times and lines, McMenamee said.
Before they can open in Logan Square, the company must complete the build out of the dispensary and obtain a state license.
Considered a major player in the industry, PharmaCann has operations in five states, including a cultivation facility and five dispensaries in Illinois, but has yet to open a dispensary in Chicago.
PharmaCann’s entry into the Chicago market got off to a rocky start after the company abandoned plans for a pot shop on LaSalle