Pot businesses eye county enclave for Longmont dispensary … – Boulder Daily Camera

Site at 250 S. Main St. former home to historic Johnson’s Corner gas station

The site at 250 Main St. was once home to an historic gas station known as Johnson’s Corner. (FILE PHOTO / Daily Camera)

Residents and leadership are slowly warming to the idea of legal marijuana in Longmont, but the city might be getting a shop sooner than expected, courtesy of a county enclave at one of the town’s busiest intersections.

Property at 250 S. Main St. is available for lease after the recent closure of the Zoe Auto Sales showroom, and realtor Jim Danzl said he has fielded “a zillion” calls from players in the marijuana industry willing to pay top dollar.

The parcel sits in unincorporated Boulder County and so therefore is not subject to Longmont’s ban on retail marijuana operations. The land is owned by the family of Casey Najera, a Longmont business owner who was killed in 2009 while cycling in Boulder when a motorist struck him, according to state and county records.

Danzl said the owner is open to renting to a cannabis operation, which may be willing to pay more than the approximately $5,000 to $6,000 monthly lease rate that was being charged to Zoe. Danzl is also entertaining offers from developers for the prime piece of real estate.

The plot was once home to the historic Johnson’s Corner gas station, built in 1937. The art deco structure was designated a local historic landmark by the city in 2007 for its unique style and for being a business open to minorities during the era of segregation. The building was moved to Prospect in 2003 and is awaiting restoration.

The land it sat on was last sold in 2002 for $275,000, according to Boulder County property

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