A pending application for a recreational marijuana dispensary in the South Loop was withdrawn today following opposition by residents, parents of a nearby elementary school and Ald. Pat Dowell.
“I can confirm that today the Michigan Avenue Dispensary withdrew their application,” Dowell told Crain’s. “I will work with the dispensary to try and find another location within the 3rd Ward that makes more sense.”
The Zoning Board of Appeals was set to decide Dec. 18 whether to grant the dispensary a special-use permit to operate at 1420 S. Michigan Ave., which is on the same block as Old St. Mary’s School, 1474 S. Michigan Ave., just 502 feet away.
Steve Dollear, whose children attend Old St. Mary’s and a member of the “Say No to 1420 Community Group,” had planned a protest for Dec. 17 outside the proposed dispensary location. “I am glad common sense prevailed here,” he said. “We are grateful for Ald. Dowell’s support and all the residents who from day one opposed the application. Bottom line, it just didn’t fit in the neighborhood.”
Neal McQueeny, who holds the license for the Michigan Avenue Dispensary, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.