Plans for Falmouth’s first medical marijuana dispensary met with opposition from the commercial condominium association at 31 Teaticket Highway and a neighboring business during a planning board hearing on Tuesday, March 12.
The plans for the Teaticket location show a vault, reception area, waiting space, and employee office. The project is split between two floors of the commercial condominium, Tom Bunker of BSS Design told the planning board.
A bank formerly occupied the space, making use of a drive-through next door. The applicant proposed turning the drive-through area into parking spaces.
“It needs paint and some renovations,” said Mr. Bunker. The applicant plans to clear overgrown weeds around the building and fix any exterior issues to the roof or siding. Nature’s Remedy has no plans to change the footprint of the site, Mr. Bunker said.
Patrick J. Brady, an attorney, spoke on behalf of the condominium association for 31 Teaticket Highway. “In the [condominium] board’s opinion and in some of the unit owner’s opinions, this is not the right place for this,” he said.
Mr. Brady argued that the plans submitted to the board show exterior changes that have not been approved by the condominium association. The association controls the exterior of the building including the roof, siding, windows, and “common areas” like parking spaces, he said. A unit owner only controls “from the studs in.”
“If they plan to do things on the outside, they may plan but they have no right to do it,” Mr. Brady added.
Nature’s Remedy proposed using 31 Teaticket Highway as the location of its first Falmouth dispensary in November 2018 when the board of selectmen unanimously approved a community host agreement with the company.