by Lisa Tome
After weeks of discussion regarding the Medical Cannibis industry in Cecil County, a building permit has been issued for a facility to house it.
According to Jeff Thorpe, Plans Reviewer for the Cecil County Department of Permits and Inspections, a permit was submitted for construction of a shell of a medical marijuana building. The 60,000 square foot building will be located in Principio Parkway West, North East.
"It's for water, sewer, and the slab. They get a jump on things by doing the shell. They are starting with 60,000 square feet but it's going to go bigger. I don't know by how much yet," said Thorpe.
In February, the county council and County Executive Tari Moore sent a joint letter of support for locating a Medical Cannibis industry in Cecil County. In part, the letter reads "We support these enterprises as a vehicle for economic development and job creation, an excellent use of existing and potentially new commercial and industrial buildings in appropriately zoned areas, and increased tax revenue to not only Maryland, but Cecil County as well...Our desire has been to be as educated as possible on the process, product, and potential challenges, so we have chosen to hear a number of presentations from companies who intend to apply to the State for the different licenses to operate in Cecil County...Thank you for this opportunity for us to express support for these enterprises, and the opportunity to locate them in Cecil County."
The letter was sent to the Chair of the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission.
That isn't the only new construction coming to the area.
"Things are looking up. We're encouraged by what we're seeing," said Thorpe.
Pettinaro developers are bringing new living areas to West Creek Village. They submitted permits for 24 one and two bedroom apartments. Those apartments will be in four six unit buildings. Pettinaro also plans to build 13 rental unit town homes.
"We're getting a lot of commercial big stuff in the works. It's not finalized yet but it's on the horizon," added Thorpe.