ZBA to deliberate on Marshfield dispensary Sept. 22 – Wicked Local Marshfield


A likely decision to grant or deny a special use permit to a proposed retail marijuana dispensary and manufacturing facility is set for Sept. 22.

The Marshfield Zoning Board of Appeals met Tuesday night to discuss the proposal by Frozen 4 for the dispensary at 985 Plain St.

After discussing the proposal for an hour, the board voted to close the meeting and set their public deliberations for Sept. 22.

The proposed permit was previously heard at an August meeting, where traffic became the top concern.

Chairwoman Lynne Fidler said the biggest remaining issue was a traffic light that the company has agreed to pay for, at School Street.

Attorney Steven Guard said Frozen 4, his client, is willing to pay for the design, permitting and installation of the new traffic signal, which has been recommended on that stretch of Plain Street since 2005. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation previously installed all the infrastructure necessary for a traffic light at the intersection, just not the light itself.

Guard said the company is negotiating with the town and another land owner to allow traffic for the proposed facility — at 985 Plain St. — to exit onto School Street, where the traffic signal will be installed. The facility currently houses Buckles & Boards, a winter sports store.

Guard said the company will hire police details to help manage and direct traffic from the site until a traffic light is installed at School Street. How long a light takes to get installed is ultimately up to the Department of Transportation.

“We’ve promised to pay for mitigation and install it completely, but the timing is out of our control,” he said.

As part of the community host agreement, Frozen 4 agreed to pay $350,000 toward the cost of putting a signal light on

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