Great news for Fitchburg if it gets approved.
Unitil must be licking their chops with this news.... Think of how much electricity will be needed for all those grow lights, especially during winter months. http://www.telegram.com/article/20140217/NEWS...
WORCESTER — The Colorado entrepreneurs tentatively approved to put a medical marijuana dispensary and plant cultivation center in Worcester plan to seek state approval to grow the plants in Fitchburg instead.
Matthew J. Huron, chief executive of Good Chemistry of Massachusetts Inc., said the organization has found a site in Fitchburg that would be more economical than the 22,000-square-foot warehouse at 6 Pullman St. in Worcester that was approved for plant cultivation.
"It's more cost efficient for us," he said. "We found another building, and it's just better for us from a business perspective."
Mr. Huron declined to say where the Fitchburg site is located. Fitchburg Mayor Lisa Wong could not be reached Friday for comment.
When it first reported plans last year to seek medical marijuana licenses in Massachusetts, Good Chemistry said it wanted to grow the cannabis plants in Fitchburg. It later changed the proposed location to Worcester.
The state Department of Public Health plans meetings with all entities approved for provisional licenses, said Karen van Unen, executive director of the state's medical marijuana program.
"During that time, if there's any update that the applicants want to share with us, that would be the time to do that, and then we need to verify that," Ms. van Unen said.
Good Chemistry Inc. reported in its application it expects to spend $2.76 million on renovations, equipment and other expenses to launch operations in Central Massachusetts, including extensive work to the Pullman Street facility. The application also included a lease indicating Good Chemistry had a deal to rent the Pullman Street location for $5,000 a month.
Rental rates for industrial property in Fitchburg average about $2.50 to $3.75 per square foot, according to Foster Appraisal & Consulting Co. of Leominster. Online listings suggest industrial properties in Worcester generally rent for slightly more per square foot.