US (MA): Preliminary approval received for a $15M Chicopee-based cultivation business

The City Council will consider a proposal to allow a $15 million cannabis cultivation facility to be located in a former industrial building after one of its subcommittees gave the proposal the green light.

The Council’s zoning committee voted 4-0 on Thursday to recommend Mass Alternative Care Inc. be granted a special permit to locate an about 56,000-square-foot cannabis cultivation facility in part of an about 154,000-square-foot industrial building at 77 Champion Drive.

It also approved five waivers to the regulations, including two reducing the required 100-foot planted buffer between any cannabis operation and a residential area, and at least one which was considered a technicality due to an outdated rule in the city’s zoning code.

Mass Alternative Care Inc. opened the first cannabis business in Hampden County in 2018 with a medical cannabis retail facility in 2018 at 1247 East Main St. and then expanded to add recreational sales in July 2019. The East Main St. also includes a cultivation and production operation.


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