Planning Board considers pot cultivation site on Route 6

Jul 13, 2021

Planning Board members reviewed plans for a proposed marijuana cultivation facility at the Dartmouth Indoor Tennis Club site at a July 12 meeting, but wanted to see issues raised by town departments answered before making a final decision. 

Zoning Board members have already granted a variance for the facility, which would be located at 757 State Road.

Apotho Therapeutics hopes to locate a growing operation at the location. There would be no retail sales at the site, said SteveGioiosa of SITEC Engineering, who presented the proposal to the board.

The business would generate less traffic than the current tennis club, he said. The facility would be “uniquely positioned,’’ he said, being set back from the road. 

Marijuana grown at the facility would be sold to retail sites across the state. The law prohibits sales across state lines, he said.

The town will receive three percent of all gross sales, he said. This could bring in an estimated $1.2 million dollars in revenue to the town, according to Apotho president Mathew Medeiros.

Medeiros noted that the business would employ as many as 60 workers.

Apotho plans to restructure the parking spaces and to add greenery to the outside of the building, Gioiosa said. 

Planning Board member Steve Taylor described the proposal as a “no-brainer’’ that would bring in revenue and improve traffic in the area. But he wanted to ensure that all questions were answered. 

Town Planner Christine O’Grady suggested delaying a final vote until specific issues raised by town departments, such as locations of fire lanes and fencing specifications, could be addressed.

Apotho has also proposed a retail marijuana operation at 747 State Road, the now-vacant location of the former Near East Asian Fusion Restaurant. This operation would be very close to the potential cultivation site at the Indoor Tennis Club. 

The Zoning Board is expected to discuss the retail site again at its July 21 meeting.