The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved plans for a medical dispensary in the basement of 1524 VFW Parkway, underneath Town Line Liquors and the Amazing sex-toys shop.
"Is there a Four Seasons Landscaping there?" board member Mark Erlich joked.
Beacon Compassion Inc.'s application now goes to the state Cannabis Control Commission for consideration.
The company has been trying to fit out the building's basement for a medical dispensary since 2017. Beacon attorney Mike Ross said the basement spot actually proved popular among nearby residents because it makes the cannabis nature of the business less prominent on VFW Parkway.
Part of the renovations of the space will include installation of a lift for customers with mobility issues.
Ross said the dispensary will share the current 26-space parking lot with the liquor and sex shops. He estimated the dispensary will only see between 30 and 50 customers a day.
He added that parking would be more of an issue should Beacon try to add recreational pot offerings to the space should the company later seek permission to add that. Residents had supported the dispensary only for medical use - and Ross, under questioning from board member, said the company was not seeking to add recreational offerings, but did not want to rule it out in the future. Such an expansion would require new hearings.