LYNWOOD | A medical cannabis dispensary has applied for a permit to operate in Lynwood, village officials said.
Lynwood Village Attorney Michael Marovich said 1st Organic LLC2 is the first medical marijuana dispensary to approach the village for a permit.
In order to complete its permit application, 1st Organic LLC2 must agree to finance programs targeted at substance abuse, local infrastructure, parks, education programs and wellness activities in Lynwood.
Marovich said the village is also working on amending their zoning ordinances concerning dispensaries, restricting them to certain areas of the village known as light manufacturing districts. The dispensary would be restricted from proximity to a school.
“Villages are not allowed to bar these facilities from opening here,” Marovich said. “But what we can do is zone them to certain areas. This is a new type of business and there is nothing in the zoning code concerning them.”
At the Tuesday meeting, the Village Board referred the zoning ordinance amendment to the Zoning Board of Appeals, which will vote on the amendment at their Oct. 13 meeting.
However, just because 1st Organic LLC is applying for a permit does not mean the state will grant them one, but amending the zoning laws is needed just in case, Marovich said.
Additionally, the trustees adopted a resolution concerning plans for the rehabilitation of a 4,800-square-foot building at 19950 198th St., which has been vacant for more than a year.
Rigoberto and Carmen Banuelos plan to use the space as a grocery store after they finish renovations, and the new store will create eight to 10 new jobs in the area, according to the resolution.
Because the area is in need of rehabilitation, the Banuelos will apply for Class 8 incentives under the Cook County Real Property Assessment Classification.
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