Stagestop 1 gets the go-ahead to lease building as Oak Creek’s 1st retail marijuana store
January 8, 2015
Oak Creek — The Oak Creek Town Board voted, 5-1, on Thursday night to approve Stagestop 1 LLC’s application to lease out a retail recreational marijuana shop, making it the first to do so in the town.
On Nov. 19, the Oak Creek Planning Commission unanimously gave its approval for Stagestop 1 co-managers Dan Simon and Steve Speer to take their application to the Town Board level. The board gave the owners of 100 W. Main St. Unit A the nod to lease out the 480-square-foot storefront Thursday night without much of a hiccup from the roughly 15 community members in attendance.
Board member Chuck Wisecup was the lone “no” vote on the decision.
Stagestop 1 owns the entire building directly across from Select Super Market along Oak Creek’s main drag. The building formerly housed the Veterans of Foreign Wars and more recently was occupied by Dovetail Designs.
The rear 80 percent of the building — Unit B — is owned by Stagestop 1 but is operated by Park Range Recreationals as a marijuana cultivation facility. Park Range Recreationals manager Mark Stepp was in attendance at Thursday’s meeting.
Simon spoke at the meeting and said that Stagestop 1 expects that Park Range Recreationals will expand its business to Unit A and lease the small space and become a dual operation as a growing facility and retail shop.
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Since Stagestop 1 originally submitted its application to allow Unit A to turn into a retail marijuana store, it has agreed to all stipulations laid out by Oak Creek officials, including discreet signage on the building. Simon said to the board that the business is willing to front any additional money to ensure the shop is operated professionally.
Stagestop 1 estimated to the Planning Commission in November that first-year revenues for the retailer would be roughly $350,000 with a daily customer volume of 12 to 15 people per day. One audience member contested that Steamboat Springs retail marijuana stores like Rocky Mountain Remedies and Golden Leaf are getting much more foot traffic than those estimations, but Stepp said the two towns’ businesses can’t be compared apples to apples.
"It’s not that Rocky Mountain Remedies is doing great so a dispensary here is going to do great," Stepp said.
The biggest point of discussion between a few audience members and the board at Thursday’s meeting pertained to parking. Because Stagestop 1’s building at 100 W. Main St. is located in Performance District 1, it is exempt from providing on-site parking, but the building owners repeatedly have said they don’t think parking will be an issue for the store’s estimated three or four employees and small customer traffic.
When business begins operating, it would need a subsequent license to produce edible marijuana products, such as cookies or brownies. Oak Creek Town Administrator Mary Alice Page-Allen said no application has come through the state or local level regarding edibles.
Other notes from Thursday’s Town Board meeting
• Dank Frank’s, another proposed retail marijuana shop in Oak Creek, has had its application tabled again until the March 12 Town Board meeting. Dank Frank’s managers Lyndsey Shaw and Frank Haughton had their application first tabled Oct. 9 by the board.
• Bill Auer was elected to the Oak Creek Town Board as its seventh member prior to Thursday night’s meeting. Sherry Murphy was elected to the Oak Creek Planning Commission.
• The town will conduct a final interview with its lone police chief candidate Jan. 13. Town Administrator Mary Alice Page-Allen said she hopes to have the candidate sworn in Jan. 22.