Marijuana dispensary on Tiverton border addressing traffic, parking problems – newportri.com


“We totally understand their frustration as far as last week because it was mayhem,” said Kyle Bishop, the dispensary’s chief operating officer. “The Fourth of July was insane.”

FALL RIVER — The city’s lone recreational marijuana dispensary is working with city officials to stem traffic issues around its William S. Canning Boulevard store after an unusually busy July 4 weekend led to complaints from neighbors.

“We totally understand their frustration as far as last week because it was mayhem,” said Kyle Bishop, the dispensary’s chief operating officer. “The Fourth of July was insane.”

Bishop estimated that business at the dispensary was up 30% over the holiday weekend and that as many as 1,800 customer transactions were taking place daily.

To help remedy the problem, Northeast Alternatives is considering making some changes. Bishop said the business will request an increased police presence to help direct traffic at the intersection of William S. Canning Boulevard and Commonwealth Avenue, to which the dispensary’s parking lot is connected. Police will also create a new traffic lane at the intersection using traffic cones on weekends, Bishop said.

The dispensary will also post signs discouraging customers from parking on the nearby residential streets of Commonwealth Avenue and Heritage Court and have private security patrols of the neighborhood.

“We’re having guys walking around the neighborhood to make sure no one is loitering or up to any mischief,” said Bishop. “We’re very certain we can keep the neighborhood happy.”

The recent holiday may have caused a spike in traffic, but neighboring residents voiced concerns over dispensary customers in the weeks leading up to July 4.

Heritage Court resident Lisa Chaunt said in June that she and her neighbors have had issues leaving the neighborhood – Commonwealth Avenue and Heritage Court make up a single, dead-end street exiting onto

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