WESTFIELD — An adult-use indoor cannabis cultivation facility is being considered for opening in Chautauqua County.
The County Planning Commission was recently notified of a proposed Tier I cannabis cultivation site at 50 Franklin Street in Westfield. This dilapidated building was once occupied by Welch Foods.
In June, Live Oak Realty LLC of Westfield sold 50 Franklin Street and 16 English Street, Westfield, to Tusk Construction Co., of Colden, New York, for $46,969.
The applicant listed on county zoning inquiry records is Zach Bobseine and Tusk Construction, Inc.
The developer is Kaleidoscope Farms in Western New York. According to the company's website, “Kaleidoscope is a Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Business (SDVOB) specializing in indoor cannabis cultivation.”
The website states that the company has the ability to “plant up to 1,000 plants and flowers simultaneously with up to 15 different stocks, from seedlings to final products.”
The website also states, “Kaleidoscope dries and processes all cannabis flower into labeled/in-stock packaging prior to delivery.”
Zach Bobseine is listed as “Cultivation Director.” His bio adds that he is a Navy veteran cannabis cultivation manager/supervisor.
Westfield Village Clerk Vince Ruth said Kaleidoscope Farms LLC is a “sole cannabis cultivation company.” Consumption of cannabis is not suggested.
Ruth said the site plan was approved by the Westfield Village Board on Dec. 18 following the planning commission's recommendations, and the special use permit was approved at a Jan. 10 meeting with several conditions that the developer must meet. It was approved by the Planning Commission.
The conditions are:
— Applicant must obtain a valid license from the New York State Cannabis Control Board.
— All aspects of a cannabis facility, except the transportation of products or materials, must be conducted within a fully enclosed building and not be visible from outside the building.
— External storage is not permitted.
— Ventilation — The employer provides an air handling system with sufficient odor-absorbing ventilation and exhaust systems to ensure that odors generated inside and outside the facility are not detected by persons with appropriate sensitivities at the property line. .
— Signs must be approved by the New York Cannabis Control Authority.
— If a license issued by the Bureau of Cannabis Control specifies other additional or more specific provisions regarding the size, site plan, or other physical attributes of the facility, in addition to the existing approval conditions, such license; The regulations apply.
— The Village Planning Board shall not apply requirements inconsistent with the provisions of the New York State license. If the terms are found to be inconsistent, the New York license terms will apply.
— The cannabis facility will maintain appropriate safety measures and safety plans as required by New York State.
— Companies must submit a plan that identifies the company's representatives. That representative shall be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week as the primary point of contact in case of an emergency. Such contact information will be provided to the Westfield Police Department and law enforcement officers and kept up to date.
— Businesses are encouraged to work with local organizations and the Village of Westfield to develop processes and formulas as part of their proposed community reinvestment plans during the application process.
No timeline has been announced.
Emails to the company are not returned.