Ypsilanti will soon have a second medical marijuana grow facility, after a new owner revived plans that were previously submitted by a different proprietor.
City Planner Teresa Gillotti said the project, at 834 Railroad St. east of Leforge, first came before the planning commission in December 2012, where it was tabled due to sidewalk, landscaping, and parking deficiencies, as well as to allow time to pursue a conservation easement at the rear of the property.
The co-owner of Ann Arbor’s People’s Choice Alternative Medicine dispensary,Daryl Mynes, submitted the initial site plan last year.
The project was then approved by the commission in early 2013, but the applicant was unable to fulfill the required conditions, and withdrew the application prior to final approval.
The city now has a new applicant, Mo Chammout, for the same use at the same address.
One “bay” of a three-bay industrial building would be used, which currently houses other businesses. Chammout would be leasing a portion of the 0.9 acre property.
According to city records, the building is owned by TMS Properties, KKC. The property is valued at $72,500, with a market value nearly double that.
The site plan and special use approval is only be part of a larger process, Chammout must go through to open a growth facility.
Chammout has to obtain a medical marijuana license and has to acquire that before he opens the facility.
If the facility were to open, it would be the second in the city.
Green Vitality Remedies, at 576 S. Mansfield, recently was approved in July by the commission to expand into a previously unused portion of the building. Green’s initial special use permit and site plan approval were granted in August of 2011. Green added 3,600 square feet to its facility.
In August, the city approved a cap on medical marijuana grow facilities and dispensaries. The cap will only allow for one more grow facility to open within city limits.
Katrease Stafford covers Ypsilanti for The Ann Arbor News. Reach her at KatreaseStafford@mlive.com or 734-623-2548 and follow her on Twitter.