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A marijuana dispensary is likely to open soon on Avenue of the Cities.

Assuming the business obtains special permits from the City of Moline this month, work on the dispensary could begin as early as October. 

The former Aldi grocery store site at 2727 Avenue of the Cities, would also require zoning changes. It falls in an area unmarked for commercial marijuana under city laws that distinguish four “overlay” districts, each limited to one dispensary. The districts in Moline are along Avenue of the Cities; the John Deere Corridor; the Uptown area around the 16th Street Corridor; and one out near the airport. 

“The four (overlay districts) allow for these businesses to be established,” said Ryan Hvitløk, the city’s economic development director. “But it also ensures that we’re not getting an over proliferation.” 

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Moline would have to amend an ordinance to allow for the dispensary on Avenue of the Cities because it is intended to be zoned for small-scale commercial uses that serve the needs of the surrounding residents and not marijuana dispensaries. The neighborhood’s commercial buildings are generally 10,000 square feet or less. The dispensary will total about 7,500…

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