WEST LOOP — After facing pushback from a rehabilitation center, a cannabis company will pitch neighbors on a new location for its Randolph Street shop during a community meeting this week.
NuMed Chicago, LLC will detail its plans for 1141 W. Randolph St. at 6 p.m. Friday. The company will host a hybrid in-person and virtual meeting at 1030 W. Chicago Ave. in West Town, said Rolando Acosta, attorney for NuMed.
Residents are being urged to attend via Zoom, but will also allow a limited number of attendees and adhere to social distancing during the meeting, Acosta said.
The company is looking to open a dispensary on the first floor of the three-story building. NuMed plans to have the dispensary open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, and will have security cameras, motion detectors and on-site security guard, Acosta said.
The basement and second floor will be restricted area for staff, he added.
If approved, this will be a second location for NuMed. They currently operate a dispensary at 1308 W North Ave. in Bucktown.
Acosta said they decided to host the meeting amid the pandemic because other community meetings were already happening on the digital meeting platform Zoom, including City Council.
“The purpose in this case…is to inform the neighbors and public as early as possible in the process and address the feedback…Why not go ahead and have it?” Acosta said.
West Loop Community Organization executive director Carla Agostinelli passed along the meeting alert to residents and urged members to attend virtually.
There will be a 3 minute speaking period to anyone who wants to comment, she said.
“My concern will always be for individuals who may not have access to technology or may not be technologically savvy as others,” Agostinelli said. “They will not be able to participate.”
Acosta said they plan to have his office open to a small number of people who don’t have access to a computer or aren’t technologically savvy, but they must contact Rolando Acosta at 312-636-6937 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, wear a mask and plan to adhere to social distancing.
NuMed previously pitched a West Loop location at 935 W. Randolph St. that was met with opposition from Ald. Walter Burnett Jr. (27th) and Haymarket Center director Dr. Dan Lustig.
During a meeting earlier this year, Lustig said the location would cause issues for patients of the rehabilitation center.
Burnett said he sympathized with Lustig whose facility had been at the location for decades.
Following objections, the company decided to pull the permit for the 935 W. Randolph Street location and find another location farther away, Acosta said.
On Friday, NuMed will provide updated details on their plans for the new location, Acosta said.
Individuals attending virtually can call in at 312-262-6799. For Zoom login, residents must sign in with meeting ID: 98411647007 and Password: 584931.
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