The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved a plan to turn a garage at 257-259 Cambridge St. in Allston into a cannabis shop.
Union Twist, Inc., still needs the approval of the state Cannabis Control Commission before it can begin sales.
Its attorney, Mike Ross, said the company would use about a third of the 9,000-square-foot Foreign Auto Body building there now for its shop, while the rest would be used for parking. Customers would drive in off Cambridge Street, then exit in the rear onto the one-way Empire Street, away from the residential part of the neighborhood.
Anthony D'Isidoro, president of the Allston Civic Association, said the new use might still cause traffic and parking issues for the neighborhood. And he said that residents, many of whom are immigrants with young children, did not feel a cannabis concern was the right fit for the neighborhood.
One resident, who said he was speaking for the occupants of buildings across from the site, was more blunt: The shop would "introduce crime, strong odors and vagrancy" into the immigrant, family-oriented neighborhood.