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Pittsfield Township is one step closer to having 2 marijuana retail stores

WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI – Pittsfield Township is now one step closer to having some of its first recreational marijuana retailers.

Pittsfield Township’s planning commission granted two recreational marijuana applicants conditional use permits along with both preliminary and final site plan approvals with conditions at its Nov. 17 meeting.

“(These applicants) went through … a full, lengthy vetting process,” Ben Carlisle, the township’s planning consultant, said. “(The applicants were) able to address the concerns raised by me, as part of my review, as well as the planning commission … (and for) that reason, they were able to get their conditional use permits.”

These approvals come months after township leaders OK’d recreational and medical marijuana facilities within the township.

The township’s rules establish zoning “overlay districts,” which specify where different kinds of cannabis operations can be. Indoor growers, retail shops and processing centers can be located in commercial areas off State Circle, Platt Lane and a part of the Ellsworth Road corridor just northwest of the I-94 and U.S. 23 junction.

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One of the applicants, Barton RE Ventures, is planning to transform 508 State Circle into an adult-use marijuana retail spot.

The applicant is planning to use the location’s roughly 17,000 square-foot space for a company called butter — which is a business that has operated in Michigan since 2018 and is based in Flint.

Chris Klamkin, co-founder and CEO of butter, said in an email statement that butter is currently planning to open in the second quarter of 2023.

“We are redefining our interior space while updating the façade and beautifying the landscaping to create a safe and inviting space,” Klamkin said in an email statement. “We look forward to many years in the greater Ann Arbor (and) Pittsfield area and look forward to supporting the community.”

The other applicant, Platt Real Estate Company LLC, is planning to transform the roughly 8,800-square-foot space at 4611 Platt Lane into an adult-use marijuana retailer and a Class B grower facility for Patient Station, which currently has a location at 539 S. Huron St. in Ypsilanti, where it sells both medical and recreational marijuana.

With its approval, the location can grow up to 500 marijuana plants as a Class B grower. This is the highest level allowed within the township, Carlisle said in a previous planning commission meeting.

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As for the future of these retailers, Carlisle said the next steps for these applicants is marijuana licensing from the township and state approval.

Although these applications are just some of its first, Carlisle said the township has spent a lot of time looking into marijuana coming to the area. He is confident that the township will continue to be prepared for any future applications that comes its way.

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