WEST TOWN — Now that cannabis is legal in Illinois and a handful of pot shops have opened their doors in Chicago, members of the East Village Association will vote on whether to support or oppose a recreational cannabis dispensary within the neighborhood.
The neighborhood group will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at Roots Handmade Pizza, 1924 W. Chicago Ave.
The association, while not affiliated with the city, routinely weighs in on neighborhood issues, with its decisions often factoring into whether or not the city approves development, licensing and zoning requests.
At least one dispensary group has already proposed a plan for a pot shop within the East Village neighborhood’s borders.
The Fifty/50 restaurant group — the team behind Roots Handmade Pizza and West Town Bakery — partnered with former 47th Ward Ald. Ameya Pawar on what would be a cannabis restaurant, wellness spa and medical clinic.
All of the project’s anticipated 50-plus jobs will be union jobs, Pawar said in November.
Additional partners joining Pawar and Weiner on the project include:
- Dr. George Chiampas, an emergency room doctor and medical director of the Chicago Marathon
- Nikki Hayes, president of Laborers International Union of North America, Local 1001
- Hanah Jubeh, a political consultant and fundraiser
The Fifty/50 group manages several restaurants and bars throughout Chicago, but neighbors are most likely to recognize the following West Town staples:
- Roots Handmade Pizza, 1924 W. Chicago Ave.
- West Town Bakery and Diner, 1916 W. Chicago Ave.
- The Fifty/50, 2047 W. Division St.
Owners Greg Mohr and Scott Weiner opened Roots in May 2011.
East Village is bounded by Division Street to the North, Chicago Avenue to the South, Ashland Avenue to the East and Damen Avenue to the West.
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