Photo by Scott Franz
Steamboat Springs medical marijuana patient Nate Juden smells marijuana plants Monday inside the D&C LLC dispensary on South Lincoln Avenue as dispensary partner Josh Scruggs gets more product. The dispensary is planning to move to a larger location in west Steamboat Springs between downtown and Routt County Road 129.
Monday, September 10, 2012
Steamboat Springs Inside his small medical marijuana dispensary on Monday, Josh Scruggs was working to finalize the floor plan of his business’ new location in Steamboat Springs.
“We want to make it look nice, clean and presentable,” Scruggs, a partner in Steamboat’s D&C LLC’s medical marijuana dispensary, said as he tweaked the floor plan on a sheet of graph paper. “I think it will be a nice improvement for the community when we’re done.”
Last week, the Steamboat Springs City Council endorsed the small dispensary’s move from its tiny office space on South Lincoln Avenue to more than 2,000 square feet of space at 1755 Lincoln Ave. on the west side of the city between downtown and Elk River Road. The new location is the Phillips 66 fuel station near the Loggers Lane business complex.
But finding D&C’s new home wasn’t easy.
The dispensary owners had their move endorsed last week by the same City Council that rejected their last moving proposal in June because several council members were worried the dispensary would be too close to a park.
By a 5-2 vote, the council previously rejected the dispensary's request to move to 1136 Yampa St., a building that is steps away from Little Toots Park.
While the city’s zoning ordinance does not allow dispensaries to operate within 500 feet of a school, it does not prohibit them from operating near parks. But the council agreed with the majority of the city’s Planning Commission and some nearby residents and business owners who didn’t think the move was appropriate.
On Tuesday, the council didn’t raise any qualms about D&C’s move to west Steamboat, unanimously endorsing the application without any discussion.
Scruggs said about half of the new space will be dedicated to a new infused products manufacturing kitchen, while the remaining half will be set up as retail space.
The new location will not host any growing operations.
Scruggs said Monday it will be a challenge to spruce up the new location. He still needs to negotiate a lease agreement and get the state’s approval for the move.
As they eye a move-in date next month, the owners also plan to do some painting and landscaping, and they’d really like to see the Phillips 66 pumps that currently offer only diesel fuel gone in the future.
Scruggs said the dispensary currently serves about 30 patients and is planning a name change in the near future. The dispensary is under new ownership from its original operators.
“We’re excited about the outcome,” Scruggs said about Tuesday’s City Council vote. “We’re looking forward to the move.”
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