Second proposed pot shop near Woodfield still fighting for rezoning

  • The proposed Windy City Cannabis dispensary would occupy the former Bar Louie building at 1160 Plaza Drive on the outskirts of Woodfield Mall, but requires a rezoning. Schaumburg's zoning board recommended against it Wednesday.

    The proposed Windy City Cannabis dispensary would occupy the former Bar Louie building at 1160 Plaza Drive on the outskirts of Woodfield Mall, but requires a rezoning. Schaumburg's zoning board recommended against it Wednesday. Courtesy of village of Schaumburg

 
 
Updated 5/7/2020 6:00 PM

The second of two proposed recreational marijuana dispensaries contending for spaces near Woodfield Mall received a negative recommendation Wednesday from Schaumburg's zoning board.

But Windy City Cannabis owner Steve Weisman said the board's recommendation against the rezoning needed for it to occupy the former Bar Louie building does not change his company's plans to seek the village board's formal approval on May 26.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

"We fully intend to go in front of the village board and we continue to believe rezoning is appropriate." Weisman said.

The zoning board and village staff's recommendation against the rezoning is not the only obstacle Windy City Cannabis faces to open in the 8,059-square-foot building at 1160 Plaza Drive.

Another proposed dispensary -- Sunnyside -- will seek village board approval of a special-use permit on Tuesday to occupy the 8,640-square-foot space next to Mod Pizza in the Woodfield Gatherings outlot building, 1739 E. Golf Road.

Not only does Sunnyside not need rezoning, but it would lie within 1,500 feet of the former Bar Louie building. State law requires a 1,500-foot separation between dispensaries, meaning only one of the two proposals will receive a license to operate.

The state's rules appear to dictate that the license will go to the business that's ready to start operating first.

Schaumburg village staff and officials have committed to review dispensary proposals in the order they're received. But Weisman is determined to explain to trustees why his site's rezoning requirement shouldn't set him back further.

Schaumburg Community Development Director Julie Fitzgerald said changing the Windy City site from a planned office to a general business zoning classification would not only affect the Bar Louie building but also two other buildings on the same property.

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