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US (CT): 100-year-old Norwalk hat factory seeking cannabis tenants

The building at 25 Van Zant St. in Norwalk has a storied history. It was built a century ago, in 1923, and housed a hat factory for years. 

It was run down when Winthrop Baum bought it 40 years ago, but Baum hopes to give the building new life and a future as a center for all things cannabis.

"When Connecticut made it legal for cannabis, we thought this might be an opportunity for local entrepreneurs to utilize our facility," Baum said. After gaining a state-issued license, cannabis businesses must then seek suitable real estate. Baum believes he's the first in Connecticut to go the other way and market available space to cannabis companies. 

"It's so rare and unique, and everything that we're doing here is completely cannabis-forward," said developer Catniss Locati. "We're the most cannabis-forward building in the area in Norwalk." "Our entire business, our entire approach, and focus is cannabis," she said.


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