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Applicants coming to Pittsfield

Last month, the City Council approved a cap of 35 marijuana retail licenses. The city’s first retail outlet, Berkshire Roots, opened last month under its medical marijuana license.

Another, Temescal Wellness, broke ground last month and is slated to open this year.

Recreational retail licenses are expected to activate July 1.

Berkshires native Tim Mack, owner of Kryppies LLC and Mass Yield Cultivation LLC, hopes to open a retail marijuana shop at 1450 East St. this summer and a cultivation operation around the corner, at 8-12 Commercial St.

He plans to hire about 10 people for the 1,500-square-foot store, and five people for the 5,000-square-foot cultivation facility. Mack said he’ll be leasing at both of the standing properties, and he expects his retail hours to be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Mack also owns Berkshire Hydroponics, which opened in 2014.

Connecticut brothers Andrew and Brian Vincent plan to launch a cultivation facility at the former Syntosz property, 74 Downing Industrial Parkway, which George Whaling said he is under contract to purchase. Whaling said he plans to spend $200,000 upgrading the facility, and intends to become a principal with the company, called Commonwealth Cultivation.

The 37,000-square-foot building has been vacant for five years, Whaling said.

Jack Carney, a principal at Green Biz LLC, said his Seattle-born company is launching a marijuana retail line in Massachusetts. In addition to the two pending Pittsfield shops — one in the Crawford Square building at 139 North St., and the other at 1021 South St. — he said the company has eyes on outlets in Northampton, Amherst and Boston.

“We’re trying to open as many as we can throughout the state,” he said.

He said they’ll likely call them Colonial Cannabis Co. Carney said his company branched into the Massachusetts marijuana market previously with a horticulture supply company, and is expanding further into the retail side of the industry.

Carney said Pittsfield became an attractive destination because city planners have been at the forefront of developing regulations to meet the industry’s needs. While other municipalities have been slow to decide what they want, Pittsfield has known early on, which helps companies stay ahead of the license application process at the state level.