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Construction work on Greenfield pot dispensary well underway – The Recorder

Construction continued at the planned marijuana dispensary at the corner of Bank Row and Olive Street in Greenfield on Tuesday afternoon with the removal of an exterior wall. STAFF PHOTO/JULIAN MENDOZA
GREENFIELD — After a months-long delay, construction work on the adult-use retail marijuana shop planned at the former location of Karen’s Dance Studio continued this week with the removal of the exterior wall on Olive Street.
Aman Kaur, who owns Smokey Leaf LLC, said construction began early this year on the interior of the building at 49 Bank Row, but the discovery of structural issues in one of the exterior-facing walls delayed the process. The city’s Planning and Development Director Eric Twarog said the structural issues were unknown at the time the Zoning Board of Appeals granted a special permit in November 2021. He noted that in addition to the ZBA permit, Kaur has acquired a building permit for interior and exterior work.
“Engineers went through and looked at everything,” Kaur said. “The rest of the building will have interior remodeling, which started earlier this year.”
Kaur hopes for construction to finish by spring and, pending approval from the state Cannabis Control Commission, to see the store up and running by summertime.
“We’re moving along,” she said. “Just like every other construction project, everything takes time.”
Other than unforeseen issues in the exterior wall, the original design plan remains the same, she said. The marijuana dispensary’s main customer entrance will be on Olive Street and the exit on Bank Row, and parking will be encouraged at the parking garage on Olive Street.
“Once we have construction and all that done, we’ll start to do some local hiring,” Kaur noted. “We’re excited to do that.”
The New York-based founder has touted Smokey Leaf as a women-owned, women-run business that aims to support the communities where it operates. Kaur said she plans to employ between five and seven people, with a focus of hiring locally.
Kaur, who opened a dispensary in Pittsfield about a year ago, said the Bank Row location appealed to her when she was searching for a second location for a retail shop. She said her business was also looking for a community with a small-town feel to it to start its second location.
“As we get to know a lot of local parties,” Kaur said, “we’ll do a lot of community outreach and help … wherever we can help.”

Reporter Mary Byrne can be reached at mbyrne@recorder.com or 413-930-4429. Twitter: @MaryEByrne.
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