Second local medical marijuana dispensary operator eyes Grandview site

Second local medical marijuana dispensary operator eyes Grandview site

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2272 North Grand Ave. E. in Grandview Staff Writer Follow @@deanolsenSJR Sangamon County’s second medical marijuana dispensary could be open by early September, but the facility would open in Grandview and not in Springfield, as originally planned. Maribis of Springfield, owned by Chicago lawyer Laurel Dineff, plans to lease a 5,100-square-foot building at 2272 North Grand Ave. E. in Grandview, a village of about 1,400 people that is surrounded by the city of Springfield, Maribis spokesman Bret Bender said. The company’s previous location at 322 E. Adams St. in downtown Springfield was part of the company’s proposal when Gov. Bruce Rauner awarded dispensary licenses in March 2015. Rauner awarded two licenses, to Maribis and HCI Alternatives , for the Illinois State Police district that includes Sangamon and six nearby counties. But extensive renovations required on Maribis’ two-story building, which the company learned about after Dineff bought it for $300,000 from developer Charles Robbins, prompted the company to look for another location, Bender said. “It would have taken too long to perform all the renovations that were needed there,” Bender said. He wouldn’t reveal how much the renovations would cost but said they would include work on main water lines and the heating and air-conditioning system. The fixes would have taken another two years to complete, he said. The one-story Grandview building, which is vacant and originally was built to house a grocery store, won’t require nearly as much work, Bender said. The renovation cost in Grandview would be “well under a half-million dollars,” he said, adding that the dispensary could be open by Labor Day. “We’re really interested in serving the patients sooner rather than later.” Dineff hasn’t decided what to do with the downtown Springfield building, Bender said. ‘Asset to the village’ HCI Alternatives opened its dispensary in […]

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