A retail marijuana store is on the agenda for consideration by the town Planning Board next week, along with two proposed breweries.
The board will hold public hearings on each proposal on Monday, June 17 in the Town Council chambers at the Franklin Municipal Building, 355 East Central St., Franklin.
FRANKLIN - A retail marijuana store is on the agenda for consideration by the Planning Board next week, along with two proposed breweries.
The board will hold public hearings on each proposal on Monday in the Town Council chambers at the Franklin Municipal Building, 355 East Central St.
The hearing on the first brewery convenes at 7:05 p.m., followed by the second brewery at 7:10 p.m., and a hearing on the retail marijuana shop at 7:20 p.m.
"This is our first retail marijuana (proposal)," Town Planner Amy Love said, noting the proposal is for a 5,000-square-foot facility at 1256 West Central St. "It's in a marijuana overlay district."
The applicant, GTE Franklin LLC, is seeking a special permit and site plan modification to allow for a non-medical marijuana facility. Love said the proponent has no plans for marijuana cultivation, only a retail operation.
The first brewery on the docket -- As-Built Brewing -- is eyed for 40 Alpine Row in the downtown zoning district. A special permit is sought for As-Built Brewing's proposed brewery with tasting room.
Love said As-Built Brewing is the second micro-brewery to come under the board's consideration since the town adopted a bylaw allowing for the use.
Last month, the board held an initial hearing for Franklin Brewing Company LLC, which is proposing a brewery with a tasting room called 67-Degrees at 158 Grove St. The site, the former location of Franklin Party Rentals, is in an industrial zoning district. The second hearing on the plan will be held Monday night.
Franklin resident Olivier Edouard is behind the Grove Street proposal. A Guardsman, he was inspired to pursue the dream of his own brew operation after years of sampling many types of beer in the course of his military travels.
He shared that he has always enjoyed beer, but it took his father-in-law’s love for craft beer to show the Haitian-born Edouard a new world of flavor.
“Up until then I was drinking Heineken and Corona,” he said in a recent interview. “He showed me what an IPA was and I was amazed. I said it tasted like grapefruit and I just said ‘wow.’ After that I just couldn’t have enough of it.”
Copies of each proposal and supporting documentation can be viewed in the Department of Planning & Community Development during regular office hours at the Franklin Municipal Building.
Scott Calzolaio contributed to this report.