The Zoning Board of Appeals approved a special permit for a retail marijuana dispensary at 320 Revere Beach Parkway last week, despite concerns raised by some city councilors that the business wasn’t the best fit for the Prattville neighborhood.
The ZBA voted 4-1 to approve the special permit for GVLP Corporation for the special permit, doing business as Vide Verde. The special permit was required to demolish and renovate the existing building to allow for a building that does not meet the use ordinance for the property and was short by three parking spaces for what is required under the city’s zoning ordinances.
The plan presented by Vide Verde is smaller than one originally presented by the applicants, with a smaller building footprint and additional parking spaces.
Attorney Anthony Rossi said the 16 parking spaces proposed for the business are an upgrade to the current business on the site. He also said there would be major landscaping and safety improvements that would improve the property, adding the applicants have worked with abutters to address some of their concerns.
“This will all be a well lit area that doesn’t exist currently,” said Rossi.
He noted that the business will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays, and noon to 8 p.m. on Sundays. In addition to security lights and close to 60 security cameras inside and outside the building, Rossi said there will be security staff on duty monitoring the dispensary and…