CHICAGO (CBS) — A marijuana dispensary in Greektown is not even open, yet it’s already getting hit with fines from the city.
As CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar reported Tuesday night, the Zoning Board of Appeals will have the final say as to whether the proposed dispensary can go into the space on Halsted Street in Greektown. But first on Tuesday night, the residents had their say.
Greektown is lined with iconic restaurants. Some remain in business, but others are now shuttered, including the former Rodity’s at 222 S. Halsted St.
That site is where the Herbal Health Care Center is looking to open a recreational marijuana dispensary. The company has been operating at 1301 S. Western Ave. for years and won a lottery to open another location.
General manager Michael Mandera led a public meeting Tuesday night to discuss the plan and hear from residents, like cancer patient and dispensary customer Constance Murphy.
“I am grateful that this will be hopefully blocks from my home,” Murphy said at the community meeting Tuesday night, “and I just want to explain to all of you how professional and wonderful this team is.”
But a bright orange stop-work order that has been slapped on the front door of the new Greektown dispensary wasn’t something talked about at the first portion of the meeting.
“All of a sudden, they have a stop order on their door,” said Greektown Special Service Area Commissioner Frank Caputo.
The city has fined the building for completing construction work for which they didn’t have permits.
Nobody would address the stop work order on camera. But a spokesman for the property says the repair violations were done to address unsafe structural problems. The spokesman, John D’Alessandro, said in a statement:
“Months ago, ownership worked in concert with a