Peoria Council approves two recreational cannabis dispensaries

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PEORIA, Ill–Peoria City Council adopted ordinances allowing adult-use cannabis dispensaries at two locations Tuesday.

Trinity Compassionate Care Center located on 3125 N. University Street was approved for a Special Use Class C-2 license with 10 members voting in favor and one abstention from city councilwoman Beth Jensen. This site is already a medical marijuana dispensary. The company will now expand its offerings there.

The old Schoolhouse building at 2301 W. Glen Avenue was approved for a Special Use Class C-1 license. This will be an additional dispensary operated by Ron DiGiacomo, the current owner of Trinity Compassionate Care Center. Council members voted seven to three, with three opposing votes from Jim Montelongo, John Kelly, and Zach Oyler.

The zoning board unanimously recommended adopting the ordinances at its meeting on Dec. 5.

There are several conditions that came with the site approval, they must be upheld by the business owner. The following are:

  • Adding pedestrian and bicycle paths to the main entrances on Glen Ave.
  • Adding additional accessible parking spots and screening dumpsters at the Trinity Compassionate Care Center.
  • New Landscaping.

Neighbors expressed concerns about the West Glen Ave. location. They said it’s not in a family friendly location and is close to a school.

City manager, Patrick Urich, said the building’s distance from the school was taken into consideration before the license was approved.

“We set a distance requirement of 500 feet. The location of the dispensary is almost 1700 feet away from the nearest school which is Concordia Lutheran school,” Urich said.

Others were unhappy about its proximity to residential neighborhoods, but Urich said council did not set a distance requirement from residential areas. A couple people came to the podium during the meeting, stating that they are worried the business will bring more crime into the area.

Mark Walton is an attorney with Miller, Hall & Triggs, LLC. He spoke on behalf of the business owner Tuesday assuring neighbors that there should be no security concerns as a result of the new business. Walton said the site will have at least 40 cameras in and around the building.

“This facility will be without a doubt the most secure business in the area. Any concerns about crime or gateway drugs, all those concerns were addressed by the state legislature,” Walton said.

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