The Green Solution, which sued Osceola County for the right to open medical marijuana dispensaries here, has filed Site Development Plans for three locations that include a former Bob Evans restaurant on the W192 tourism corridor.
Osceola Commissioners settled with the company on Feb. 20, agreeing to award three dispensary licenses in the county. The cities of Kissimmee and St. Cloud have both passed moratoriums on the development of any marijuana dispensary in the city limits.
Foley Lardner attorney Jim McKee told GrowthSpotter his client worked with DBR Commercial to find sites that maximize patient access and convenience. Each location had to comply with state statutes that prohibit dispensaries from opening within 500 feet of a school.
The Green Solution, or TGS, is a Colorado-based cannabis company with dozens of recreational dispensaries there and a franchise operation rolling out in other states, according to the Tampa Bay Times. The Florida franchise received its license to begin cultivation in 2017 with partner, San Felasco Nurseries.
McKee said the total investment for each dispensary is projected to be $3.5 million, and the first dispensary has a targeted opening date in the third quarter of this year.
McKee said plans for the former restaurant near the intersection of Vineland Road and W192 include a complete interior gut and remodel with modifications to the exterior facade.
The building designs in Florida are different from TGS dispensaries in Colorado, where sales are permitted for recreational use.
"These medical locations will have patient consultation areas, waiting rooms, and additional security per statutory requirements," McKee said.
The second location is at 2631 E. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, just west of the Florida Turnpike and new St. Cloud Commons shopping center. TGS filed an SDP for the 3.4-acre parcel, as well as a rezoning application seeking Commercial General zoning. The site currently has Commercial Restricted zoning.
The third site is on John Young Parkway, just east of the intersection with Pleasant Hill Road. It's a vacant 1.8-acre parcel across from a Ross-anchored shopping center and just east of the entrance to The Oaks subdivision. TGS is also seeking to rezone the property from Commercial Restricted to Commercial General.
TGS has not selected a civil engineer or architect. Hollywood-based Intertech Construction Corp. will be the general contractor.