BROOKLINE, MA – New England Treatment Access may open a second room across from Chestnut Hills The Street on Route 9 in a building that was once occupied by Boston College.
The new location on the border with Newton could open at the end of next year, depending on the timing of the approvals, NETA officials told the Select Board.
NETA attorney Jennifer Dopazo Gilbert told the Select Board on Dec. 18 that the cannabis store was monitoring the space for its medical marijuana dispensary and would keep the Brookline Village recreational store on Washington Street and Route 9.
“That’s the goal: to move medicine to 1280 Boylston,” said Gilbert, “it’s a wonderful place for medicine. Plenty of parking.”
The proposed building on Route 9 would be a good location for medical patients, especially given the abundance of parking spaces, Gilbert said.
“The idea behind the move is to give our medical patients better access,” NETA spokesman Peter Brown told Patch. “We will also be able to make our delivery service more efficient from the new location.”
In the meantime, the NETA team of architects draws up the plans and conducts a site survey.
“We’re doing some traffic studies to bring the whole package together and take it to the city to begin reviewing the site map,” Gilbert said.
The company has started reaching neighbors near 1280 Boylston Street. Once the site map preliminary review request is finalized, it plans to hold a neighborhood meeting, likely in late January.
Opening a pharmacy in the city still needs to take the usual steps before a deal is closed: once the development of a site plan is complete, that plan must be presented to the city for review, a special permit applied for and a host community agreement negotiated with the Elect Get the board off and get approved by the state cannabis control board.
NETA’s Northampton marijuana store was one of the first to sell a recreational pot in the state in 2018. NETA Brookline opened to sell medical marijuana in 2016 and started selling recreational cannabis in 2019. In August, Sanctuary Medicinals opened as the second marijuana store in town.
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