A proposed cannabis facility and hookah lounge are on the Planning and Zoning Commission agenda on August 24 after two companies applied for special permits.

Miami-based Ayr Wellness, a cannabis cultivator and retailer, is seeking a special permit for a 64,000-square-foot cultivation facility on Granby Street. At the same meeting, members plan to discuss a permit application from JXC Hookah at Wintonbury Mall in the center of town for a hookah lounge and game spot.

The latter raised concerns for at least one member of the Bloomfield Town Council.

"I certainly don't want to come off as being anti-business," said Councilman Francis Politis. "But I think we need to have a vision of what our center of town should be, and I think we should be trying to cultivate businesses that portray that image that we're trying to develop."

Other residents raised concerns about both proposed businesses on Facebook, but the applicants for both facilities described their businesses as assets to the town.

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