Marijuana cultivation business gets Oak Creek approval, Dank Frank’s gets closer
Oak Creek — After lengthy discussion at Thursday night’s regular meeting, the Oak Creek Town Board gave a new marijuana cultivation facility approval to move forward with construction, while a proposed retail marijuana storefront inched closer to getting its board nod, too.
KP LLC narrowly got the go-ahead to begin building a 3,850-square-foot retail marijuana cultivation facility at 228 Arthur Ave., which will be sandwiched between CCC Management, another marijuana cultivation business, and Soda Creek Western Outfitters in Oak Creek’s Performance District 7.
The specifics of the building itself were not contested by any of the Town Board members, but a nearly hour-long discussion took place regarding KP’s parking plan. Based on the proposed building specifications, town code requires 19 parking space. But with Oak Creek’s fee-in-lieu-of-parking stipulation, the board could have opted for the business to pay for up to nine spaces rather than building them, which would have produced around $65,000 in revenue for the town, Town Administrator Mary Alice Page-Allen said.
In his business application, KP manager Kenneth Porteus stated that 10 spaces would suffice because only five employees would be working on site during any one shift, and the 10-space parking area could handle shift changes with up to 10 employees on site during a brief time.
Ant’s Organic, a marijuana growing and distribution business at 231 Arthur Ave. that passed through the board approval process in November, dealt with a similar situation regarding parking and the town’s fee-in-lieu offer.
By a 4-3 vote, the board settled on passing KP through to the construction phase with up to four parking spaces being replaced by the fee-in-lieu-of-parking policy instead of nine. Board members Jackie Brown, Chuck Wisecup and Bill Auer voted against the plan.
In other board action, Dank Frank’s, a proposed retail marijuana storefront at 208 S. Sharp St. that has been the subject of lengthy board review, got one step closer to becoming the town’s second retail shop.
Oak Creek has wrestled with its land-use codes in recent months, specifically pertaining to the definition of a non-conforming buildable lot. Dank Frank’s proprieters Lyndsey Shaw and Frank Haughton have requested a land-use change that would allow them to demolish the existing 1,625-square-foot building on the lot and build a much larger, two-story structure with a basement.
In January, the board passed Ordinance No. 630, which changed the land-use code and defines the parcel at 208 S. Sharp St. as a buildable lot.
Although the ordinance won’t officially take effect until the first week of March, the board voted 6-1 to allow Shaw and Haughton to move forward with construction if their application receives final approval. A Town Board public hearing on the matter is slated for March 12.
“This still doesn’t approve their land-use change,” board member Chuck Wisecup said. “It’s just confirming it is a buildable lot.”
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