Medical marijuana dispensary wants Naperville location

Updated 10/9/2014 4:11 PM

A business that wants to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Naperville made its first pitch this week to planning and zoning officials.

Hoffman Estates-based Greenway Herbal Care wants to open the business at 424 Fort Hill Drive, Unit 103. But the city's planning and zoning commissioners stopped short of making a recommendation and instead asked the business owners to return for a second meeting on Oct. 29


Greenway Herbal Care is seeking approval to open a facility that would sell medical marijuana to an estimated 30 patients a day in the Fort Hill Business Center, a 6-acre semi-industrial development south of Jefferson Avenue.

CEO Nilesh Khot presented plans for security, product control and parking to planning and zoning commissioners Wednesday night, but Ying Liu, community planner, said some concerns remained.

Questions about parking, insurance and the potential presence of a guard dog are among topics to be addressed at the commission's next meeting, Liu said.

Greenway would have five employees working at a time -- a receptionist, technician, pharmacist and two security guards -- and plans to operate from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Based on city code and the 1,800-square-foot size of the proposed business, nine parking spaces would be required for employees and customers.

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The city wants Greenway to get approval to permanently use nine parking spaces from the condo association at Fort Hill Business Center.

The potential presence of a guard dog to assist with security also needs to be worked out with the condo association, which Liu said prohibits dogs on the property.

In Naperville, medical marijuana dispensaries can be approved to operate in areas zoned for industrial use, research and development, office, research and light industry, community shopping centers, general commercial uses or health services. They must be 1,000 feet from the property line of a school or day care facility and outside of a residential area.

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