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Dispensary33 Moves To Expand In Andersonville

Dispensary33 is trying to keep up with demand for legal pot sales, but it isn't clear how quickly the shop will be able to expand.

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ANDERSONVILLE — Dispensary33 is trying to expand into the neighboring storefront of its Clark Street facility in an effort to meet booming demand for legal cannabis.

The Andersonville dispensary at 5001 N. Clark St. has filed a rezoning request to expand into the storefront at 5005 N. Clark St., public documents show. The expansion would give Dispensary33 about 50 percent more space than its existing 2,200-square-foot cannabis retail shop.

If approved, the expansion means Dispensary33 would take over the space occupied by Jenny’s Nail Salon. The salon did not return requests for comment.

Dispensary33 previously confirmed plans to expand its Andersonville footprint — possibly taking over two adjacent storefronts. The dispensary — one of just a few open in Chicago in time for legal pot sales — is currently looking to expand into just one of the storefronts at this time, Ald. Matt Martin (47th) said in an email to constituents.

The move would allow Dispensary33 to serve more customers and provide more space for employees at the existing shop. But it is not clear how quickly the dispensary will be able to expand.

Dispensary33 introduced its request to expand March 18 despite not having gone through Martin’s zoning approval process. That process suggests there be a meeting with a local zoning advisory board and local neighbors’ groups before a decision is reached. The expansion has not been discussed by the advisory board, said Josh Mark, Martin’s spokesman.

The rezoning request is slated to be addressed at Tuesday’s meeting of the City Council’s zoning committee. With the proposal not having gone through the local approval process, Martin will ask the zoning committee to table Dispensary33’s request, Mark said.

The expansion also requires a special use permit from the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals, which mandates a public meeting on the proposal. The public meeting requirement has not been waived during the pandemic, and a virtual meeting does not satisfy the requirement, according to the city.

Dispensary33 is also trying to open a second location in the West Loop.

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