Plans for two new marijuana shops were approved by the Design Review Board at the March 21 meeting. The most recent design review for the 3115 South Hemlock was denied because of “architectural elements” said City Planner Jeff Adams.
The latest proposal includes minor changes including new windows and a reconfigured parking area.
Vito Cerelli and Vic Barbalato, designers for Limnes Investments, presented the new design to the board, a significant departure from the previous plan. Concerns raised during the first design review were addressed in the latest plans.
Board member Todd Rowley said that the proposed window redesign, considered a minor improvement by city code, was “better than the hodgepodge” current configuration.
The Tolovana site originally proposed a complete redesign of the property including floor to ceiling windows. The second submission to the board was more modest with a simple facade reconfiguration and new windows. Exterior lighting would be down facing and dim enough to meet the dark sky ordinance. Glare won’t be visible from neighboring properties either.
A representative of Escape Lodging, B.J. Quick, was concerned with the traffic pattern from the new site, if the parking lot were ever full cars would have to reverse out onto Hemlock, which he felt was potentially a pedestrian hazard.
The design proposal was approved by the board conditional to meeting sidewalk standards should street improvements require them.
The second dispensary design review was also approved. Tolovana Architect Jay Orloff presented design plans for the proposed dispensary on 279 North Hemlock.
The proposal for the property, owned in part by Jeffrey Nicholson, met the minimum standards in the ordinance.
The most significant change?
The building will be moved towards Hemlock to make room for an addition on the east side of the lot. The application’s approval was conditional upon meeting either the standards for off-street parking and planting additional trees if future development doesn’t occur.
And the big pine tree will stay.
Board member Dave Doering said “it would be a big improvement” from the building’s current condition.