Julie M. Cohen | Wicked Local
Instead of sparkly, expensive jewelry, in the future, shoppers may be able to purchase marijuana at the former Shreve, Crump and Low building on Route 9 East next to Wegmans.
MedMen (MME Newton Retail, LLC), a California-based marijuana company, presented preliminary plans to the Land Use Committee Tuesday, about opening a recreational retail store at 232 Boylston St.
The company received a provisional Host Community Agreement (HCA) from Mayor Ruthanne Fuller in 2019, and is now going through the special permitting process.
Tom Lynch, who is on MedMen’s board of directors, said the company had been delayed in moving forward with its plans due to the COVID pandemic and corporate restructuring.
After a brief presentation by Lynch and lawyer Katherine Adams, several Chestnut Hill residents spoke during the public comment portion of the meeting about pedestrian safety, traffic and the bright red sign MedMen proposed for the site.
“I don’t think we need large, garish signs on Route. 9,” said Councilor-at-Large Marc Laredo.
Janice Kahn, a member of the Chestnut Hill Village Alliance, said the sign was out of character for the neighborhood.
“NETA’s signs are must less in-your-face,” she added, referring to a marijuana dispensary further down Route 9 in Brookline Village.
Several residents and councilors spoke of the need to create a safe way for pedestrians to enter, especially if employees and others take the T.
While MedMen had conducted a preliminary traffic report, the city will be conducting its own peer reviewed study, and many attending the meeting agreed it was difficult to comment until the second report was finished.
Fast facts about the proposal:
The property at 232 Boylston St. consists of a 16,570-square-foot lot located in a Business 4 (BU4) district,