BLOOMINGTON, IL – Despite opposition from several new City Council members, the second recreational dispensary is set to open its doors Bloomington.
According to a report by WHOI, a request for special use permit by Project Equity for the new location at 1006 JC Parkway passed with a 5-3 vote.
“This city is really taking off,” said William Connor Johnston of Project Equity. ““We’re excited to find a vacant multi-unit retail building on the west side of the city that we can help reinvigorate.
Ward 1 Alderman Grant Walch believes safety could be an issue due to the dispensary’s location on a busy roadway near the interstate.
“I think we’re going to see an increase in foot traffic on a very busy highway,” Walch said.
Others in opposition include Council members Nick Becker from Ward 5 and Sheila Montney from Ward 3.
Ward Alderman Tom Crumpler, who voted in favor of the request, cited a number of benefits that come along with expanding the cannabis industry in most communities.
“Approving the special use permit will benefit the community financially through retail sales, the accompanying taxes, as well as providing 20 jobs for the local economy,” said Crumpler.
The only other recreational dispensary in Bloomington is Beyond/Hello on North Veterans Parkway.