US (MA): Pittsfield-based grower submits application to build new facility

A local cannabis company is seeking to expand its operations by demolishing a bowling alley that had closed because of the coronavirus pandemic and building a marijuana cultivation and processing facility in its place.

Berkshire Roots has submitted an application to the city to build a two-story structure at the location of Ken's Bowl, 495 Dalton Ave. The plans were submitted by KO Resources LLC, which according to Cannabis Control Commission filings owns Berkshire Roots, and call for Ken's Bowl to be demolished and a cultivation facility built in its place, according to city Permitting Coordinator Nate Joyner.

The proposal will go before the Community Development Board for review at its meeting on Tuesday, with final local authority resting with the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Berkshire Roots is attempting to create what City Planner Cornelius Hoss called a "hub" for growing and processing its products on Dalton Avenue. It is currently building a three-story structure close to its Dalton Avenue retail location. The three-story building received approval from the city in November 2019 and Hoss said it too will primarily serve as a cultivation facility once completed.


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