The company looking to start a medical marijuana dispensary on Kankakee’s south side appears to be trying to sweeten the deal, according to one alderman.
Second Ward Ald. Mike O’Brien said Greenhouse Group of Highland Park might be willing to sign a “community benefit agreement” in exchange for a permit to open shop at 908 S. Schuyler Ave., where Balthun’s Automotive and Towing is currently in operation.
While the city council on Monday took no action on the proposal — and likely won’t until next month — O’Brien said they’re making headway.
“They want to be good neighbors. They made that clear,” O’Brien said. “They want to help with some of the challenges we have.”
Greenhouse Group has said it would purchase the location if both the city and state would approve the dispensary.
So what’s in the community benefit agreement?
The company, which has dispensaries in Mokena, Morris and Deerfield, might be willing to pay either a one-time or annual fee to help pay for public safety and beautification projects.
There was a community meeting last week between Greenhouse Group ownership and the residents in this area of south Kankakee.
O’Brien said some residents remain opposed to having a marijuana dispensary in the area, but others seemed to be more open to it.
So far, Greenhouse Group is the only business to come forward with plans to locate a dispensary in Kankakee County. Cliff Cross, the city planner, expects other companies to come forward with proposals.
The city already is the site for an indoor medical marijuana growing center along U.S. Route 45/52 on its southern boundary.
Even if the city OKs