Proposed marijuana cultivation facility now eyes construction phase after Town Board meeting |

Proposed marijuana cultivation facility now eyes construction phase after Town Board meeting

An artist rendering shows the new building that could house Ant's Organic.
courtesy/ Jim Stegmaier, Yampa Valley Engineering

— Ant’s Organic, a proposed marijuana growing and distribution business in Oak Creek, received land use approval at Thursday night’s Town Board meeting to pursue the construction of its two-story facility on a vacant lot at 231 Arthur Ave.

With a crowd of about a dozen people in attendance, Anthony Franciosi got the news he was hoping for and now will move forward with the building process with Yampa Valley Engineering Inc.

“Once the state licenses us, the town will once again take a look at it and hopefully we can continue to move forward,” Franciosi said Friday, speaking from the Marijuana Business Conference & Expo in Las Vegas. Yampa Valley Engineering Inc. “is very familiar. They are pretty much working with everyone in the industry in Routt County.”

Franciosi agreed to modifications to his original proposal from a meeting Oct. 22 with the Planning Commission, including restrictions to HVAC equipment in the building’s planned basement area, accessibility from Arthur Avenue and a 6-foot fence that must be built north of the property. There are residences located to the north, east and across an alley to the south.

Town Administrator Mary Alice Page-Allen said the board will be bringing back a resolution at the Dec. 11 meeting in regards to parking issues for Ant’s Organic, specifically the possibility of a fee-in-lieu of parking where the business would pay a designated fee for every parking space it doesn’t build. Ant’s Organic otherwise is required to have 13 parking spaces for a building of its size.

Franciosi said he felt fortunate his building plan will be on a vacant lot instead of trying to tear down or modify an existing building, a situation a Stagecoach couple currently is wrestling with for their proposed marijuana businesses in Oak Creek.

“We were lucky enough that we’re building it from the ground up and have every opportunity to work with the town to make it a building that will be a good thing,” Franciosi said.

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

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