Community meeting

Pottery company showcases cultivation installation at community meeting in Cummingington

Posted: 09/22/2021 12:57:02 PM

CUMMINGTON – A community outreach meeting for a marijuana plant project on Bryant Road went without controversy on Monday.

“We really appreciated the opportunity to have a dialogue with the community,” said Ted Shagory, spokesperson for 0 Bryant Rd LLC, which is looking to build a cannabis grow facility. It would be the company’s first marijuana business.

Kenneth “Trudge” Howes, who sits on both the select committee and the zoning appeal board, said the meeting “appeared to have gone well.”

“There wasn’t too much controversy,” Howes said.

He said the company had questions about the size of the building, visibility and the smell of marijuana, and that there appeared to be no objection to that.

“They answered all the questions that were put to them,” Howes said.

Shagory said he felt no resistance to the project during the meeting and that the three key questions were about the environmental impact, the smell of marijuana and whether the building would be a visual bane.

“All of these things that we took into account,” Shagory said.

The company plans to alleviate marijuana odors and water runoff, Shagory said. As well as being set back from the road, he also said that the property where the facility would be built is above the road.

“Unless you’re looking for it, I don’t think you’ll see it,” he said.

Regarding the dimensions of the facility, Shagory said his company envisioned two 10,000 square foot buildings with the idea being that the grow areas would be double to accommodate 20,000 square feet of marijuana canopy.

Shagory said 0 Bryant Rd LLC would then submit an application to the Zoning Appeal Board and the sCannabis Control Commission.

A draft agreement with the host community has been submitted to the select committee, which it plans to discuss at its next meeting.

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