Rocky Mountain Pure nets building design approval
After two years of contentious public hearings, Tuesday night the Eagle Town Board quietly approved an application from Rocky Mountain Pure for a medical marijuana center and associated cultivation and infused products manufacturing operation.
The result of that action is that Eagle has approved all the marijuana business it plans to, at least for the foreseeable future.
Rocky Mountain Pure already holds a special use permit from the town to operate a retail marijuana business. Now the business will also offer medical product. Sweet Leaf Pioneer, an existing business that operates both as a medical and retail marijuana center, holds the other permits in town. Eagle has stipulated that only two medical, two retail and two cultivation permits will be granted in town until the community’s population reaches 10,000.
In approving the medical permit, town board member Luis Benitez asked applicant Ethan Borg if the company was compliant with Colorado’s new labeling laws for marijuana products. Borg responded that the company’s medical project is compliant.
“The retail side is actually more stringent than the medical side at this point,” said Borg.
The board unanimously approved the medical licenses for Rocky Mountain Pure.
With medical and retail approvals in hand, Rocky Mountain Pure is now looking to construct a new building for its marijuana business. That structure is planned at 1125 Chambers Avenue.
The Rocky Mountain Pure medical and retail marijuana center/grow facility has been proposed as a 4,000 square foot building that will utilize six special use permits consisting of medical and retail sales of marijuana, medical and retail grow, and medical and retail infused products. The total project has been approved for up to 28,000 square feet.
“The project will be phased in construction with the first 4,000 square feet commencing in the spring of 2015 with a completion date of Dec. 1, 2015,” noted Rob Trotter, a member of the partnership that is developing the building. “The actual medical and recreational dispensary will consist of 2,000 square feet. The remaining square footage (2000 sq feet) will be utilized for medical and recreational grow, medical and recreational infused products, and office and staff related space.”
Trotter said the building will be enlarged in a phased process “at a future date to be determined based on market forces and demand.”
Both the Eagle Planning and Zoning Commission and town staff recommended approval of the major development permit to allow the building. The only conditions recommended noted the approval should be subject to comments from the town engineering staff and the Greater Eagle Fire Department. Additionally, the approval conditions stipulated that the developers must provide staff with a photometric analysis to ensure that the proposed lighting for the building is in compliance with the town’s lighting standards and that the proposed 8-inch water line be conveyed to the town.
The town staff also recommended approved of a design variance allowing non-reflective steel paneling on the exterior of the building.
“It is staff’s opinion that the way in which the applicant is proposing to utilize steel paneling, in combination with the other facade materials, helps to create an attractive building, with a modern flare, and will not create a negative visual impact when the building is viewed either from Chambers Avenue or the interstate,” noted the Eagle town staff memo.
“We want the building to read as a retail building,” said architect Maggie Fitzgerald. “We want to bring a quality, high class building. Hopefully that will expand along Chambers.”
“I think it is a very handsome building. You guys have done a very good job with the architecture,” said Eagle Mayor Yuri Kostick.
The board unanimously approved the development permit and Trotter and Borg indicated construction on the building will begin as early as April, weather depending.
While the town board was set to formally approve a decision it made two weeks ago, members instead decided to reopening the public hearing for the Trinity Recycling special use permit amendment. That reopened hearing is slated for Tuesday, Feb. 25.
Two weeks ago, the town board approved a request from Trinity to expand its special use at 850 Castle Drive to include a metal baling operation. At that time, none of the neighboring property owners were at the meeting to object. However, the Eagle Planning and Zoning Commission had recommended denial of the amendment at a previous public hearing that was highly attended.
The board members made it clear to neighbors in the audience Tuesday night that they would not hear testimony regarding the Trinity Recycling operation until the reopened public hearing on Feb. 24.
“From my perspective, this was a deeply flawed process,” noted resident Joy Harrison.
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