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Dank Frank’s approved in Oak Creek, parking still in question

— After months of marathon public hearings and a twice-tabled application, Dank Frank’s — a proposed marijuana grow facility and retail shop just off Oak Creek’s Main Street — received Town Board approval at Thursday night’s meeting.

By a narrow 4-3 vote, Stagecoach couple Lyndsey Shaw and Frank Haughton, Dank Frank’s proprietors, got the go ahead to become the town’s second retail storefront.

Their application has twice been tabled when it has been up for approval, once on Oct. 9, and again on Jan. 8.

Like many of Dank Frank’s previous Town Board public hearings, Thursday’s meeting drew a crowd of more than 30 interested residents, and nearly 10 chose to engage in public comment.

And like many of the previous meetings, the public comment period was filled with mixed emotions from townspeople.

“This is the most controversial project I’ve seen in this town in a number of years,” board member Chuck Wisecup said.

Almost all of the public concern centered on the building’s proposed location at 208 S. Sharp St. a few blocks off Main Street. The current 1,625-square-foot building lies on the outskirts of Oak Creek’s Performance District 1, one of two performance districts set aside for such businesses, but also adjacent to residential homes.

Shaw and Haughton originally planned to tear down the 1,625-square-foot building and replace it with a three-story structure at nearly triple the square footage. Adjustments to the town’s land-use code and the business owners’ willingness to adhere to repeated requests to remodel the blueprint resulted in new plans that fit town code, as approved in a February meeting.

Contention continued Thursday night. At least three South Routt Library District board members said they worried that a marijuana shop across the street from a potential new library site would negatively affect children.

“We need to be asking the citizens of the town of Oak Creek what we should be valuing here?” library district board trustee Vanessa Woodford said.

Parking was another topic that dominated discussion between the board and audience members during the 90-minute public hearing. With a proposed 4,375-square-foot shop and grow facility, there is not enough parking to meet town code.

“We obviously can’t solve (parking) tonight,” board member Wendy Gustafson said.

Dank Frank’s proposal was approved by a 4-3 vote — Bernie Gagne, Bill Auer and Chuck Wisecup were the dissenting votes — but the issue of parking has been tabled until a later date.

To reach Ben Ingersoll, call 970-871-4204, email bingersoll@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @BenMIngersoll

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